Synonyms for slighting

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Let the world be as critical or slighting as it may, these things are successes.

He repelled the suggestion by a slighting gesture of the hand.

He must have seen the woman—but he is angry with me, for—for—slighting him—as he thinks—but he was wrong.

And when we were some distance away he made a slighting remark about Millie.

I did wrong in slighting your injunction, and suffering Lilian to do so.

"You do not at all understand it yet," said Felbeck, with a slighting laugh.

After all, we have only followed the custom of the place in slighting the cathedral.

Galatea, therefore, is for ever slighting the sculptor's affection.

I told them they should take heed of slighting the mercies of God.

In that case his discontent may take itself out in slighting his task and wasting your time and lengthening his bill.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "flat, smooth; hairless," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse slettr "smooth, sleek," from Proto-Germanic *slikhtaz (cf. Old Saxon slicht; Low German slicht "smooth, plain common;" Old English -sliht "level," attested in eorðslihtes "level with the ground;" Old Frisian sliucht "smooth, slight," Middle Dutch sleht "even, plain," Old High German sleht, Gothic slaihts "smooth"), probably from a collateral form of PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)).

Sense evolution probably is from "smooth" (c.1300), to "slim, slender; of light texture," hence "not good or strong; insubstantial, trifling, inferior, insignificant" (early 14c.). Meaning "small in amount" is from 1520s. Sense of German cognate schlecht developed from "smooth, plain, simple" to "bad, mean, base," and as it did it was replaced in the original senses by schlicht, a back-formation from schlichten "to smooth, to plane," a derivative of schlecht in the old sense [Klein].

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