To slight off
Slight Slight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slighting}.] To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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 longer. [1913 Webster]

Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . If they transgress and slight that sole command. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace, Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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