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positive
used in The Scarlet Letter

5 uses
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Definition
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
  • "He did not send me!" cried she, positively.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (94% in)
positively = with certainty
  • No aim that I have ever cherished would they recognise as laudable; no success of mine—if my life, beyond its domestic scope, had ever been brightened by success—would they deem otherwise than worthless, if not positively disgraceful.
    Introductory (17% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (51% in)
  • positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
  • To Hester's eye, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale exhibited no symptom of positive and vivacious suffering, except that, as little Pearl had remarked, he kept his hand over his heart.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (99% in)
  • positive = certain
  • All his strength and energy—all his vital and intellectual force—seemed at once to desert him, insomuch that he positively withered up, shrivelled away and almost vanished from mortal sight, like an uprooted weed that lies wilting in the sun.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (33% in)
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
There are no more uses of "positive" in The Scarlet Letter.

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