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scarlet letter

noun
1.
a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism

Scarlet Letter, The

noun
1.
a novel (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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  • My eyes fastened themselves upon the old scarlet letter, and would not be turned aside.
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet letter

scarlet letter

noun
1.
(esp among US Puritans) a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery
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