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defraud
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition deprive of by deceit
  • The minister might stand there, if it so pleased him, until morning should redden in the east, without other risk than that the dank and chill night air would creep into his frame, and stiffen his joints with rheumatism, and clog his throat with catarrh and cough; thereby defrauding the expectant audience of to-morrow's prayer and sermon.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (6% in)

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