Hypertext Webster Gateway: "slight"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, n.
The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree
of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.

Syn: Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain;
scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slighted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to
make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. --Milton.

The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies.

{To slight off}, to treat slightingly; to drive off; to
remove. [R.] -- {To slight over}, to run over in haste; to
perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight
over a theme. ``They will but slight it over.'' --Bacon.

Syn: To neglect; disregard; disdain; scorn.

Usage: {Slight}, {Neglect}. To slight is stronger than to
neglect. We may neglect a duty or person from
inconsiderateness, or from being over-occupied in
other concerns. To slight is always a positive and
intentional act, resulting from feelings of dislike or
contempt. We ought to put a kind construction on what
appears neglect on the part of a friend; but when he
slights us, it is obvious that he is our friend no

Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . If they
transgress and slight that sole command.

This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, n.
Sleight. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, v. t. [Cf. D. slechten to level, to demolish.]
1. To overthrow; to demolish. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

2. To make even or level. [Obs.] --Hexham.

3. To throw heedlessly. [Obs.]

The rogue slighted me into the river. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, a. [Compar. {Slighter}; superl. {Slightest}.]
[OE. sli?t, sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple,
plain, D. slecht; akin to OFries. sliucht, G. schlecht,
schlicht, OHG. sleht smooth, simple, Icel. sl?ttr smooth, Sw.
sl["a]t, Goth. sla['i]hts; or uncertain origin.]
1. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable;
unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; --
applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slight
(i. e., feeble) effort; a slight (i. e., perishable)
structure; a slight (i. e., not deep) impression; a slight
(i. e., not convincing) argument; a slight (i. e., not
thorough) examination; slight (i. e., not severe) pain,
and the like. ``At one slight bound.'' --Milton.

Slight is the subject, but not so the praise.

Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds.

2. Not stout or heavy; slender.

His own figure, which was formerly so slight. --Sir
W. Scott.

3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect. --Hudibras.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Slight \Slight\, adv.
Slightly. [Obs. or Poetic]

Think not so slight of glory. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: almost no or (with "a) at least some; very little; "there's
slight chance that it will work"; "there's a slight
chance it will work"
2: having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse";
"slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"
[syn: {flimsy}, {tenuous}, {thin}]
3: being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a
willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with
straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross
the street" [syn: {slender}, {slim}]
n : a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of
anger or disapproval) [syn: {rebuff}]
v : pay no attention to, disrespect; "She cold-shouldered her
ex-fiance" [syn: {cold-shoulder}]

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