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typify
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
to be a typical example of; or to represent or be characteristic of
  • So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the character of doom.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (73% in)
typified = represented (with an outward symbol)
  • In the array of funerals, too—whether for the apparel of the dead body, or to typify, by manifold emblematic devices of sable cloth and snowy lawn, the sorrow of the survivors—there was a frequent and characteristic demand for such labour as Hester Prynne could supply.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (43% in)
  • typify = represent
  • They grew out of his heart, and typify, it may be, some hideous secret that was buried with him, and which he had done better to confess during his lifetime.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (22% in)
  • typify = are characteristic
  • ...until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance.  He kept vigils, likewise, night after night.... He thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify himself.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (82% in)
typified = demonstrated characteristics
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