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reflection
used in The Scarlet Letter

4 meanings, 7 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
my reflection in the mirror
Definition
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hillside, and quivered on the pilgrim's face.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (6% in)
reflection = image (as shined back by a smooth surface)
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2  —2 uses as in:
is a reflection of American values
Definition
something that indirectly shows something else — such as an indication, demonstration, expression, or representation of something
The exact meaning of this sense of reflection depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The students' behavior is a reflection on the school." — indication of quality
  • "She says the immorality in the movie is a reflection of American values." — expression or representation
  • "It was a reflection of the selfishness she had seen growing for years." — demonstration
  • "The surrounding panic found no reflection in her." — expression or demonstration
  • "I saw no reflection of jealousy in her action." — indication or sign
  • It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (56% in)
reflection = representation or expression
  • The dim reflection of a remembered splendour, a colourless and manifold diluted repetition of what they had beheld in proud old London—we will not say at a royal coronation, but at a Lord Mayor's show—might be traced in the customs which our forefathers instituted, with reference to the annual installation of magistrates.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (49% in)
reflection = representation or expression
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3  —1 use as in:
After reflection, I think...
Definition
careful thought — sometimes concerning memories
  • Now, however, her interview with the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the night of his vigil, had given her a new theme of reflection, and held up to her an object that appeared worthy of any exertion and sacrifice for its attainment.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (86% in)
reflection = careful thought
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4  —3 uses as in:
share my reflections about it
Definition
thoughts or memories
  • While occupied with these reflections, a knock came at the door of the study, and the minister said, "Come in!"
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (81% in)
reflections = thoughts
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Yet my reflections were not the most comfortable.
    Introductory (87% in)
  • reflections = thoughts
  • It had the graveyard, originally Isaac Johnson's home-field, on one side, and so was well adapted to call up serious reflections, suited to their respective employments, in both minister and man of physic.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (77% in)
reflections = thoughts
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