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encumber
used in The Awakening

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Definition
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
  • The quadroon nurse was looked upon as a huge encumbrance, only good to button up waists and panties and to brush and part hair; since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and brushed.
    Chapter 4 (13% in)
  • They went together, picking their way across muddy streets and sidewalks encumbered with the cheap display of small tradesmen.
    Chapter 33 (73% in)

There are no more uses of "encumber" in The Awakening.

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