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Definitionburn the surface with intense heat; or burn something unpleasant into memory
- And we must needs say it seared Hester's bosom so deeply, that perhaps there was more truth in the rumour than our modern incredulity may be inclined to admit.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (99% in)
- At the final hour, when she was so soon to fling aside the burning letter, it had strangely become the centre of more remark and excitement, and was thus made to sear her breast more painfully, than at any time since the first day she put it on.Chapter 22 -- The Procession (97% in)
- He tells you, that, with all its mysterious horror, it is but the shadow of what he bears on his own breast, and that even this, his own red stigma, is no more than the type of what has seared his inmost heart!Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (82% in)
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