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phenomenon
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
  • He was, in truth, a rare phenomenon; so perfect, in one point of view; so shallow, so delusive, so impalpable such an absolute nonentity, in every other.
    Introductory (36% in)
phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
  • Nothing was more common, in those days, than to interpret all meteoric appearances, and other natural phenomena that occurred with less regularity than the rise and set of sun and moon, as so many revelations from a supernatural source.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (67% in)
  • phenomena = interesting observable things
  • This phenomenon, in the various shapes which it assumed, indicated no external change, but so sudden and important a change in the spectator of the familiar scene, that the intervening space of a single day had operated on his consciousness like the lapse of years.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (26% in)
phenomenon = thing that exists
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