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illustrate
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Definition
to help make clear — typically by example
  • ...and is whipped for being hard to please! I have an abundance of such illustrations of the same principle, drawn from my own observation, but think the cases I have cited sufficient.
    Chapter 10 (45% in)
illustrations = stories to clarify or demonstrate

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Soon after my arrival, I was told of a circumstance which illustrated their spirit.
    Chapter 11 (85% in)
illustrated = helped make clear
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