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slight

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

3 of a size that is less than average
  • the slight youth packed a surprisingly solid punch

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5 small in degree
  • only a slight chance of success

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slight

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of slight (Entry 2 of 3)

an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • refused to respond to their petty slights

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slight

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of slight (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment in
  • the dancers felt slighted by the harsh comments of the judges

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2 to deliberately ignore or treat rudely
  • as a temp worker, she often feels slighted by the people she has to work with

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3 to show contempt for
  • music critics who slight any style of music that doesn't fit their personal taste

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4 to fail to give proper attention to
  • slighted several major authors in her survey of 20th-century fiction

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Frequently Asked Questions About slight

How does the adjective slight contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of slight are slender, slim, tenuous, and thin. While all these words mean "not thick, broad, abundant, or dense," slight implies smallness as well as thinness.

a slight build

When is slender a more appropriate choice than slight?

While in some cases nearly identical to slight, slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion.

the slender legs of a Sheraton chair

When would slim be a good substitute for slight?

The words slim and slight can be used in similar contexts, but slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness.

a slim volume of poetry

a slim chance

When might tenuous be a better fit than slight?

The synonyms tenuous and slight are sometimes interchangeable, but tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness.

a tenuous thread

When is it sensible to use thin instead of slight?

The meanings of thin and slight largely overlap; however, thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance.

thin wire

a thin soup

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The first known use of slight was in the 14th century

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“Slight.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/slight. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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