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scarlet letter

n
(Historical Terms) (esp among US Puritans) a scarlet letter A formerly worn by a person convicted of adultery

scar′let let′ter


n.
a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery.
[1850, Amer.]
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Noun1.scarlet letter - the letter A in redscarlet letter - the letter A in red; Puritans required adulterers to wear it
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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My eyes fastened themselves upon the old scarlet letter, and would not be turned aside.
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