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perish
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 uses
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Definition
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
  • The mill still worked on, food being a perennial necessity; the abbey had perished, creeds being transient.
    5 — The Woman Pays (9% in)
  • Between the mother, with her fast-perishing lumber of superstitions, folk-lore, dialect, and orally transmitted ballads, and the daughter, with her trained National teachings and Standard knowledge under an infinitely Revised Code, there was a gap of two hundred years as ordinarily understood.
    1 — The Maiden (24% in)
  • And a aged woman of ninety that use to live nigh here, but is dead and gone long ago, told me that a family of some such name as yours in Blackmoor Vale came originally from these parts, and that 'twere a old ancient race that had all but perished off the earth—though the new generations didn't know it.
    3 — The Rally (13% in)

There are no more uses of "perish" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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