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adorn
used in Middlemarch

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to decorate — especially a person
  • Across all her imaginative adornment of those whom she loved, there darted now and then a keen discernment, which was not without a scorching quality.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (7% in)
  • She was open, ardent, and not in the least self-admiring; indeed, it was pretty to see how her imagination adorned her sister Celia with attractions altogether superior to her own, and if any gentleman appeared to come to the Grange from some other motive than that of seeing Mr. Brooke, she concluded that he must be in love with Celia: Sir James Chettam, for example, whom she constantly considered from Celia's point of view, inwardly debating whether it would be good for Celia to...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (3% in)
  • But he had deliberately incurred the hindrance, having made up his mind that it was now time for him to adorn his life with the graces of female companionship, to irradiate the gloom which fatigue was apt to hang over the intervals of studious labor with the play of female fancy, and to secure in this, his culminating age, the solace of female tendance for his declining years.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (49% in)
  • He took a wife, as we have seen, to adorn the remaining quadrant of his course, and be a little moon that would cause hardly a calculable perturbation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (77% in)
  • To a man under such circumstances, taking a wife is something more than a question of adornment, however highly he may rate this; and Lydgate was disposed to give it the first place among wifely functions.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (77% in)
  • The Vincys' house, with all its faults, was the pleasanter by contrast; besides, it nourished Rosamond—sweet to look at as a half-opened blush-rose, and adorned with accomplishments for the refined amusement of man.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (45% in)
  • When we were in Rome, I thought you only cared for poetry and art, and the things that adorn life for us who are well off.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (8% in)
  • She took off all her ornaments and put on a plain black gown, and instead of wearing her much-adorned cap and large bows of hair, she brushed her hair down and put on a plain bonnet-cap, which made her look suddenly like an early Methodist.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (19% in)

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