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used in The Scarlet Letter

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ridicule (to make fun of)


something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
  • On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment of death itself.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (9% in)
  • She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (33% in)
  • It was as if an evil spirit possessed the child, and had just then peeped forth in mockery.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (82% in)
  • Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister, and beckoned him away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew more ethereal as they rose.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (85% in)
  • Was it but the mockery of penitence?
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (7% in)
  • A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself!
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (7% in)
  • A mockery at which angels blushed and wept, while fiends rejoiced with jeering laughter!
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (7% in)
  • "Dost thou mock me now?" said the minister.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (86% in)
  • Else, I should long ago have thrown off these garments of mock holiness, and have shown myself to mankind as they will see me at the judgment-seat.
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (29% in)
  • How dreary looked the forest-track that led backward to the settlement, where Hester Prynne must take up again the burden of her ignominy and the minister the hollow mockery of his good name!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (69% in)

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