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- adv. in a paltry manner
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a paltry manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a paltry manner; in a mean or trifling manner; despicably; meanly.
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They pray through the press -- vainly striving to give some publicity to what must be private for evermore; and are seen wiping away, at tea-parties, the tears of contrition and repentance for capital crimes perpetrated but on paper, and perpetrated thereon so paltrily, that so far from being worthy of hell-fire, such delinquents, it is felt, would be more suitably punished by being singed like plucked fowls with their own unsaleable sheets.