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scarlet woman

A woman who is ostracized because of promiscuous behavior. Once everyone learned of her affair, she moved away from the city, rather than staying and being labeled a scarlet woman.
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scarlet red

A dark reddish dye that is used as a biological stain. You can see that the fat in that tissue sample has been stained scarlet red.
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scarlet woman

A prostitute, an immoral woman, as in Malicious gossip had it that she was a scarlet woman, which was quite untrue. This expression first appeared in Revelation 17:5, describing Saint John's vision of a woman in scarlet clothes with an inscription on her forehead, "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth." Some interpreters believe she stood for Rome, drunk with the blood of saints, but by about 1700 the term was being used more generally for a woman with loose morals.
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scarlet woman

a notoriously promiscuous or immoral woman.
The term was originally applied as a derogatory reference to the Roman Catholic Church, regarded as being devoted to showy ritual. It comes from Revelation 17.
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REVENGE is a dish best served cold in Italy and the Scarlets would have enjoyed their version of rugby retribution after this hard-fought but well deserved bonus-point victory over Benetton Treviso in Pool 5 at the Stadio Di Monigo.
The Welsh half-back pairing of Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel slowly began to direct attacking momentum for the Scarlets but there was only a Jones penalty to show for it to make it 7-3.
Despite a wealth of possession for Scarlets and a lot of mistakes from Munster at lineouts and restarts, it was the Irish side who went in at half-time with a 17-10 lead.
Scarlets found themselves 13-8 behind at the break.
At 26, I'm one of the older guys at the Scarlets now and I'm really enjoying my rugby and having a full pre-season this summer will be good for me.
Playing into the difficult conditions of wind and rain, the Scarlets conceded the first score in only the fifth minute when English referee Chris Ridley rightly awarded a penalty try after the visitors' scrum disintegrated and infringed near on their line.
Scarlets' Lee "Scarlets can confirm tighthead prop Rhodri Jones sustained a dislocated right shoulder, which was relocated while on the field, " the Scarlets said.
Then, another Scarlets old boy, New Zealander Regan King, came on to produce a piece of magic to set up Aurelian Rougerie for the bonus point fourth try after 65 minutes.
The Scarlets welcomed back hooker Matthew Rees and fly-half Stephen Jones from Wales duty and Fiji captain Deacon Manu from the autumn internationals and the trio were used as second-half replacements.
The match went ahead as Parc y Scarlets has undersoil heating which was able to offset the freezing conditions.
The Scarlets said: "Scarlets is fully committed to eradicating discrimination and promoting equality for "No further comment will be made by Scarlets Regional Ltd or Williams on this matter.
Scarlets were already without 18 players through international duty and lost Kristian Phillips inside three minutes.
Both sides could only muster a try apiece, but the Scarlets just about deserved their victory for their territorial control.
The 18-year-old is one of a batch of new generation Scarlets making an impact on the domestic and international scene.
Tries in each half from outside centre Tom Hughes and ex-Wales U20 skipper Tom Phillips helped steer the Scarlets to a win that takes them level on to nine points with both the Pirates and Ulster A at the halfway stage in Pool Five.