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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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a scarlet woman

  (old-fashioned)
a woman who people think is morally bad because she has sex with a lot of men She was labelled a scarlet woman and excluded from polite society.
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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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The Scarlets have that extra game in hand against the struggling Blues and could record a 10th league win of their own this afternoon while chasing a bonus point which would take them five points clear with one round of matches remaining.
We are very passionate about what we do at Infinity and having played many times against the Scarlets I know first-hand how passionate they are about what they do.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: "We are pleased to announce that Rob has extended his contract with us here at the Scarlets.
Munster had to soak up attack after attack in the opening quarter but the Scarlets had to settle for a 3-3 scoreline with Barkley and Ian Keatley having swapped penalties in the space of two minutes.
And the best that could be said for the Scarlets is that for 25 minutes at the start of the second-half they managed not to concede.
Williams, 21, burst onto the regional rugby scene last season and his Scarlets success was quickly followed by time with the international set-up - winning his first Wales cap on June 2 against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium.
Shingler had kicked his team back in front, 9-6, when Scarlets failed to gather the re-start.
The Scarlets shared five penalties between Gareth Owen, Liam Williams and Aled Thomas.
However, they will be heartened by an improved performance against Cardiff Blues North at the weekend, as they seek to avenge a heavy defeat suffered against the Scarlets in their opening game of the season.
The match went ahead as Parc y Scarlets has undersoil heating which was able to offset the freezing conditions.
The most recent Irish province to win at Parc y Scarlets was Leinster in the Pro12 in September 2013.
Next are Connacht on 32, Scarlets on 28 and Edinburgh on 24.
The Scarlets looked more dangerous in attack as they scored four tries and had a chance to win the game but outside-half Steve Shingler missed a late conversion which would have guaranteed victory.
McBryde also handed recalls to Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland and Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies after they missed the Six Nations through injury.
SCARLETS 31 CASTRES 23 THE Scarlets celebrated their 100th match in the Heineken Cup with a three try victory over Castres.