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trifle with
used in
The Scarlet Letter

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
Definition to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself!
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (7% in)

There are no more uses of "trifle with" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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2  —7 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Definition something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
    Introductory (78% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The original and more potent causes, however, lay in the rare perfection of his animal nature, the moderate proportion of intellect, and the very trifling admixture of moral and spiritual ingredients; these latter qualities, indeed, being in barely enough measure to keep the old gentleman from walking on all-fours.
    Introductory (34% in)
  • Reminiscences, the most trifling and immaterial, passages of infancy and school-days, sports, childish quarrels, and the little domestic traits of her maiden years, came swarming back upon her, intermingled with recollections of whatever was gravest in her subsequent life; one picture precisely as vivid as another; as if all were of similar importance, or all alike a play.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (85% in)
  • This figure of the study and the cloister, as Hester Prynne's womanly fancy failed not to recall, was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (95% in)
  • Dames of elevated rank, likewise, whose doors she entered in the way of her occupation, were accustomed to distil drops of bitterness into her heart; sometimes through that alchemy of quiet malice, by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles; and sometimes, also, by a coarser expression, that fell upon the sufferer's defenceless breast like a rough blow upon an ulcerated wound.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (69% in)
  • That is but a trifle, when a woman knows the world.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (50% in)
  • There were trifles too, little ornaments, beautiful tokens of a continual remembrance, that must have been wrought by delicate fingers at the impulse of a fond heart.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (69% in)

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