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infernal
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
  • According to the vulgar idea, the fire in his laboratory had been brought from the lower regions, and was fed with infernal fuel; and so, as might be expected, his visage was getting sooty with the smoke.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (95% in)
infernal = from hell
  • 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 (95% in)
  • They averred that the symbol was not mere scarlet cloth, tinged in an earthly dye-pot, but was red-hot with infernal fire, and could be seen glowing all alight whenever Hester Prynne walked abroad in the night-time.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (99% in)

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