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used in The Scarlet Letter

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absolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance


the defining or most important aspect of something
  • And yet, majestic as the voice sometimes became, there was for ever in it an essential character of plaintiveness.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (66% in)
  • I looked upon it as an evidence, in some measure, of a system naturally well balanced, and lacking no essential part of a thorough organization, that, with such associates to remember, I could mingle at once with men of altogether different qualities, and never murmur at the change.
    Introductory (54% in)
  • There was always a prophetic instinct, a low whisper in my ear, that within no long period, and whenever a new change of custom should be essential to my good, change would come.
    Introductory (55% in)
  • The somewhat dim coal fire has an essential Influence in producing the effect which I would describe.
    Introductory (79% in)
  • It is essential, in order to form a complete estimate of the advantages of official life, to view the incumbent at the in-coming of a hostile administration.
    Introductory (89% in)
  • In no state of society would he have been what is called a man of liberal views; it would always be essential to his peace to feel the pressure of a faith about him, supporting, while it confined him within its iron framework.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (52% in)
  • He deemed it essential, it would seem, to know the man, before attempting to do him good.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (58% in)
  • Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (55% in)
  • Then the very nature of the opposite sex, or its long hereditary habit, which has become like nature, is to be essentially modified before woman can be allowed to assume what seems a fair and suitable position.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (79% in)
  • Nor were sports wanting, such as the colonists had witnessed, and shared in, long ago, at the country fairs and on the village-greens of England; and which it was thought well to keep alive on this new soil, for the sake of the courage and manliness that were essential in them.
    Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (60% in)
  • Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially the same, except that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance, and the other in a dusky and lurid glow.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (43% in)

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