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tenure
used in
The Scarlet Letter

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Definition the term during which some position is held;
or: the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands;
or: give life-time employment to
  • For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile.
    Introductory (22% in)
  • Suffice it here to say that a Custom-House officer of long continuance can hardly be a very praiseworthy or respectable personage, for many reasons; one of them, the tenure by which he holds his situation, and another, the very nature of his business, which—though, I trust, an honest one—is of such a sort that he does not share in the united effort of mankind.
    Introductory (84% in)

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