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opportune
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
  • It perplexed, as well as shocked her, by the irreverent inopportuneness of the occasions that brought it into vivid action.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (89% in)
inopportuneness = inappropriateness (bad circumstances)

(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inopportuneness means not and reverses the meaning of opportuneness. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • But that perversity, which all children have more or less of, and of which little Pearl had a tenfold portion, now, at the most inopportune moment, took thorough possession of her, and closed her lips, or impelled her to speak words amiss.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (42% in)
  • inopportune = bad

    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inopportune means not and reverses the meaning of opportune. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Individuals of wiser faith, indeed, who knew that Heaven promotes its purposes without aiming at the stage-effect of what is called miraculous interposition, were inclined to see a providential hand in Roger Chillingworth's so opportune arrival.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (34% in)
opportune = timely or advantageous
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