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imbue
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to fill with or diffuse throughout — especially an emotional quality
  • Here, one would suppose, might have been sorrow enough to imbue the sunniest disposition through and through with a sable tinge.
    Introductory (35% in)
  • ...indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture; after becoming imbued with poetic sentiment at Longfellow's hearthstone—it was time, at length, that I should exercise other faculties of my nature, and nourish myself with food for which I had hitherto had little appetite.
    Introductory (53% in)
  • Thus, therefore, the floor of our familiar room has become a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.
    Introductory (78% in)
  • Pearl's aspect was imbued with a spell of infinite variety; in this one child there were many children, comprehending the full scope between the wild-flower prettiness of a peasant-baby, and the pomp, in little, of an infant princess.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (14% in)
  • You, sir, of all men whom I have known, are he whose body is the closest conjoined, and imbued, and identified, so to speak, with the spirit whereof it is the instrument.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (75% in)
  • The virgins of his church grew pale around him, victims of a passion so imbued with religious sentiment, that they imagined it to be all religion, and brought it openly, in their white bosoms, as their most acceptable sacrifice before the altar.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (50% in)

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