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avert
used in The House of the Seven Gables

4 uses
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Definition
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • The vibrations of the Judge's voice had reached the old gentlewoman in the parlor, where she sat, with face averted, waiting on her brother's slumber.
    Chapter 8 — The Pyncheon of To-day (70% in)
  • By some good agency,—possibly, by the unrecognized interposition of the long-buried Alice herself,—the threatening calamity was averted.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (20% in)
  • She was certain, however, that she saw him sitting in the ancestral arm-chair, near the centre of the floor, with his face somewhat averted, and looking towards a window.
    Chapter 16 — Clifford's Chamber (72% in)
  • Suspicion, unless averted, might fix upon the real offender.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (29% in)

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