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Young Goodman Brown

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affirm
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I affirm the statement
Some affirm that the lady of the governor was there.
affirm = say it was true
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affirm means:
to firmly state that something is true
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bewilder
2 uses
The next morning young Goodman Brown came slowly into the street of Salem village, staring around him like a bewildered man.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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blasphemy
1 use
...giving vent to an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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congregation
1 use
On the Sabbath day, when the congregation were singing...
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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consort
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
consort together
Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going.
consorting = spending time together — especially leisure time with people considered undesirable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
...while a woman, with dim features of despair, threw out her hand to warn him back.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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discern
1 use
As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveller was about fifty years old, apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown, and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features.
discerned = perceived (noticed)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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eloquent
1 use
When the minister spoke from the pulpit with power and fervid eloquence...
eloquence = powerful use of language

(editor's note:  In this context, fervid means "passionate" or "fiery emotion".)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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entreat
1 use
There was one voice of a young woman, ... and entreating for some favor,
entreating = asking
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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grave
1 use
On came the hoof tramps and the voices of the riders, two grave old voices, conversing soberly as they drew near.
grave = serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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incantation
1 use
Scattered also among their pale-faced enemies were the Indian priests, or powwows, who had often scared their native forest with more hideous incantations than any known to English witchcraft.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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manifest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
manifest destiny
...can make manifest in deeds.
manifest = obvious (for all to see)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
my nettlesome little sister
"Well, then, to end the matter at once," said Goodman Brown, considerably nettled, "there is my wife, Faith."
nettled = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
to annoy — especially with minor irritations
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pious
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
these grave, reputable, and pious people
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
"Well, she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven." With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose.
resolve = decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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resume
2 uses
...unconsciously resuming his walk.
resuming = beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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revere
4 uses
his revered pastor
revered = deeply respected and admired
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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serpent
3 uses
But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.
serpent = snake

(editor's note:  In this context, a staff is a walking stick—a stick carried in the hand to aid walking)
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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venerable
2 uses
Good old Deacon Gookin had arrived, and waited at the skirts of that venerable saint, his revered pastor.
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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wither
2 uses
The moment his fingers touched them they became strangely withered and dried up as with a week's sunshine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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