Definition of Slight

v. t.1.To overthrow; to demolish.
2.To make even or level.
3.To throw heedlessly.
The rogue slighted me into the river.
- Shak.
a.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.
Slight is the subject, but not so the praise.
- Pope.
Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds.
- Locke.
2.Not stout or heavy; slender.
His own figure, which was formerly so slight.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
v. t.1.To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands.
[imp. & p. p. Slighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Slighting.]
The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies.
- Cowper.
To slight off
to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight over a theme.
- Bacon.
Beware . . . lest the like befall . . .
If they transgress and slight that sole command.
- Milton.
This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
- Milton.
n.1.The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.
Think not so slight of glory.
- Milton.

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