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- (archaic) in a slighting manner, belittlingly
1880, John Nichol, Byron:
- He is fond of gossip, and apt to speak slightingly of some of his friends, but is loyal to others.
1915, James Branch Cabell, The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck:
- The colonel touched upon the time when buzzards, in the guise of carpet-baggers, had battened upon the recumbent form; and spoke slightingly of divers persons of antiquity as compared with various Confederate leaders, whose names were greeted with approving nods and ripples of polite enthusiasm.
1786, Boswell, Life Of Johnson, Volume 5:
- I was afraid of a quarrel between Dr. Johnson and Mr. M'Aulay, who talked slightingly of the lower English clergy.
1832, Edward Berens, Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford:
- They are, I believe, sometimes spoken slightingly of by men of learning; I, however, as an unlearned man, think them particularly useful.