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lapse
used in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Definition
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired such as a temporary failure
The exact meaning of this sense of lapse is often subject to its context:
  • basic example that simply indicates an undesired change in behavior — "lapsed into alcoholism"
  • example indicating that the change was short-term and due to a failure (often of effort or diligence) — "a lapse in judgment"
  • example indicating return to a previous undesired behavior or state — "lapsed into her old bad habits"
  • examples indicating a change in what was occurring where the change is not necessarily negative — "There was a lapse in the conversation," or "She stopped talking as she lapsed into her own internal world."
  • With new respect she moved to pass him the wooden bowl of popcorn, and to it she added a smile that caused him to lapse again into scarlet-faced silence.
    p. 70.4
lapse = change in behavior or state
There are no more uses of "lapse" in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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