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used in The Scarlet Letter

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the general meaning, purpose, intent, or significance of something
  • "My little Pearl," said Hester, after a moment's silence, "the green letter, and on thy childish bosom, has no purport."
    Chapter 15 — Hester and Pearl (51% in)
purport = meaning
  • There was, moreover, a boldness and rotundity of speech among these matrons, as most of them seemed to be, that would startle us at the present day, whether in respect to its purport or its volume of tone.
    Chapter 2 — The Market Place (18% in)
  • purport = general meaning or significance
  • There was a murmur among the dignified and reverend occupants of the balcony; and Governor Bellingham gave expression to its purport, speaking in an authoritative voice, although tempered with respect towards the youthful clergyman whom he addressed: "Good Master Dimmesdale," said he, "the responsibility of this woman's soul lies greatly with you."
    Chapter 3 — The Recognition (64% in)
  • purport = general meaning or significance
  • The feeling that it so evidently manifested, rather than the direct purport of the words, caused it to vibrate within all hearts, and brought the listeners into one accord of sympathy.
    Chapter 3 — The Recognition (82% in)
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  • Therefore, first allowing her to pass, they pursued her at a distance with shrill cries, and the utterances of a word that had no distinct purport to their own minds, but was none the less terrible to her, as proceeding from lips that babbled it unconsciously.
    Chapter 5 — Hester at her Needle (76% in)
  • purport = meaning or significance
  • They little guessed what deadly purport lurked in those self-condemning words.
    Chapter 11 — The Interior of a Heart (69% in)
  • purport = meaning or significance
  • Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport.
    Chapter 14 — Hester and the Physician (16% in)
  • purport = meaning
  • "I profess, madam," answered the clergyman, with a grave obeisance, such as the lady's rank demanded, and his own good breeding made imperative—"I profess, on my conscience and character, that I am utterly bewildered as touching the purport of your words!"
    Chapter 20 — The Minister in a Maze (67% in)
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  • The whole gang of sailors, likewise, observing the press of spectators, and learning the purport of the scarlet letter, came and thrust their sunburnt and desperado-looking faces into the ring.
    Chapter 22 — The Procession (92% in)
  • purport = meaning
  • The men of rank and dignity, who stood more immediately around the clergyman, were so taken by surprise, and so perplexed as to the purport of what they saw—unable to receive the explanation which most readily presented itself, or to imagine any other—that they remained silent and inactive spectators of the judgement which Providence seemed about to work.
    Chapter 23 — The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (59% in)
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  • All around, there were monuments carved with armorial bearings; and on this simple slab of slate—as the curious investigator may still discern, and perplex himself with the purport—there appeared the semblance of an engraved escutcheon.
    Chapter 24 — Conclusion (97% in)
purport = meaning
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