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preserve
used in The Scarlet Letter

5 uses
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Definition
to protect something or to keep it as it is
  • But, as respects the majority of my corps of veterans, there will be no wrong done if I characterize them generally as a set of wearisome old souls, who had gathered nothing worth preservation from their varied experience of life.
    Introductory (31% in)
preservation = saving
  • Nothing, if I rightly call to mind, was left of my respected predecessor, save an imperfect skeleton, and some fragments of apparel, and a wig of majestic frizzle, which, unlike the head that it once adorned, was in very satisfactory preservation.
    Introductory (64% in)
  • preservation = non-deteriorated condition
  • Could I have preserved the picturesque force of his style, and the humourous colouring which nature taught him how to throw over his descriptions, the result, I honestly believe, would have been something new in literature.
    Introductory (81% in)
  • preserved = kept
  • And may she feel, too—what, methinks, is the very truth—that this boon was meant, above all things else, to keep the mother's soul alive, and to preserve her from blacker depths of sin into which Satan might else have sought to plunge her!
    Chapter 8 — The Elf-child and the Minister (73% in)
  • preserve = protect
  • So far as concerns the overthrow or preservation of his fair fame and his earthly state, and perchance his life, he is in my hands.
    Chapter 14 — Hester and the Physician (81% in)
preservation = protection
There are no more uses of "preserve" in The Scarlet Letter.

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