scarlet letter

noun

Definition of scarlet letter

: a scarlet A worn as a punitive mark of adultery

Examples of scarlet letter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like a Hawthorne character forever branded — and cursed — with a birthmark, a black veil or a scarlet letter, Pietro is haunted by the dread that his ugly personal truth will come out. Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Being a divorcée cuts both ways on Lynn's classic takedown of the unfair double standards for women who dare to wear the scarlet letter of singledom. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2021 But unvaccinated workers like Mr. Taranto fear that any company policy that identifies them is like a scarlet letter on their chests. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Unvaccinated players also have to wear a scarlet letter inside their practice facilities. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 But Arikan, a Republican representing Harford and Baltimore counties, called the practice is discriminatory, with the masks serving as a scarlet letter of sorts. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, 24 May 2021 Back in that time, the divorcée is like the scarlet letter. Jeff Conway, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Hayes and Jackson have already served their decades in prison, but their felonies remain on their records — a scarlet letter that continues to affect every aspect of their lives, even in freedom. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 If several people take this action against you, a warning appears on your profile, Clubhouse’s version of a scarlet letter. Steven Levy, Wired, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of scarlet letter

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scarlet letter

from such a letter in the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The first known use of scarlet letter was in 1850

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2021

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“Scarlet letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarlet%20letter. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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