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Definitioncareful or distrustful of someone or something
- The magistrate, after a wary observation of the darkness—into which, nevertheless, he could see but little further than he might into a mill-stone—retired from the window.Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (22% in)
- "We will judge warily," said Bellingham, "and look well what we are about to do.Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (33% in)
- He groped along as stealthily, with as cautious a tread, and as wary an outlook, as a thief entering a chamber where a man lies only half asleep—or, it may be, broad awake—with purpose to steal the very treasure which this man guards as the apple of his eye.Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (11% in)
- "Freely then, and plainly," said the physician, still busy with his plants, but keeping a wary eye on Mr. Dimmesdale, "the disorder is a strange one; not so much in itself nor as outwardly manifested,—in so far, at least as the symptoms have been laid open to my observation.Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (66% in)
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