from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Conveying or constituting a slight; belittling: a slighting look.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of slight.
  • adj. In the manner of a slight; belittling, deprecative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by neglect or disregard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Derogatory; disparaging.
  • n. Disregard; scorn; slight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to diminish or disparage


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  • Laugh and be merry -- enjoy the sunshine of your youth; it is a sin to see a young thing sad; but never, never, as you value your womanhood, speak a slighting or irreverent word against God's great laws of righteousness, nor allow such a word to pass unreproved in your presence.

    Betty Trevor

  • Other than their abode and perchance their teaching, there is not extremely much slighting disbursement that can parallel in estimate to the support of a redesigned transport.


  • I am ultimately responsible for my own actions and apologize for any slighting my comments may have caused the true valiant heroes who bore the country's burden during that horrible conflict.

    Cordoves, Joaquin

  • Maybe that week she'd praised Barbra Streisand or else made some slighting remark about his supreme artistic hero, Alfred Hitchcock.

    What She Found in the Dark

  • Turns out that Poe's great sleuth, Dupin, in the course of describing his methodology, makes a glancingand slighting reference to a gentleman named Vidocq, whom he immediately dismisses as "a good guesser" lacking "educated thought" and constantly erring "by the very intensity of his investigations."

    Louis Bayard - An interview with author

  • More important, they are slighting our warriors and mocking their commitment to this nation.

    Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice

  • It seems to me that pursuing new ideas is a more worthwhile endeavor than slighting Sec.

    Duncan: Smart Is Cooler Than Ever - The Caucus Blog -

  • Although finding the Parthenon superior, Byron is by no means slighting mosques, considering that the poet could place only one architectural icon from the West above an entire class of Islamic monuments.

    G. Roger Denson: The Beauty We Fear: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

  • After neglecting to write immediately on my return to Town and otherwise slighting you and my poor grasshopper, I must now be shorter than I could wish.

    Letter 96

  • Someone always is going to be upset and claim you're slighting a race.

    Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Soderbergh’s Contagion | /Film


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  • In castle architecture, the process of rendering a castle useless to prevent its future use. Dismantling a fortification, done by breaching walls, undermining walls, and later, by blowing them up with gunpowder.

    August 26, 2008