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derive
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
  • This unhappy person had effected such a transformation by devoting himself for seven years to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture, and deriving his enjoyment thence, and adding fuel to those fiery tortures which he analysed and gloated over.
    Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (30% in)
deriving = getting
  • So forcibly did he dwell upon this symbol, for the hour or more during which his periods were rolling over the people's heads, that it assumed new terrors in their imagination, and seemed to derive its scarlet hue from the flames of the infernal pit.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (94% in)
  • Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (58% in)

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