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Definitionto show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
- It grovelled helpless on the ground, even while his intellectual faculties retained their pristine strength, or had perhaps acquired a morbid energy, which disease only could have given them.Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (2% in)
- His spirit rose, as it were, with a bound, and attained a nearer prospect of the sky, than throughout all the misery which had kept him grovelling on the earth.Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (41% in)
- —I stand upon the spot where, seven years since, I should have stood, here, with this woman, whose arm, more than the little strength wherewith I have crept hitherward, sustains me at this dreadful moment, from grovelling down upon my face!Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (74% in)
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