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Her father had a way of undermining his sister’s lectures on the innate superiority of any given Finch: he always told his daughter the rest of it, quietly and solemnly, but Jean Louise sometimes thought she detected an unmistakably profane glint in Atticus Finch’s eyes, or was it merely the light hitting his glasses?
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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undermined undermine undermining undermines
This term probably came from ancient warfare when attacking armies would gradually tunnel (mine) under castle walls.
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  • Her father had a way of undermining his sister’s lectures on the innate superiority of any given Finch: he always told his daughter the rest of it, quietly and solemnly, but Jean Louise sometimes thought she detected an unmistakably profane glint in Atticus Finch’s eyes, or was it merely the light hitting his glasses?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He cocked his head, trying on his "I’m so wholesome" routine, but his bloodshot eyes undermined his efforts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Some talk about trying to undermine others without getting caught.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • You can’t keep throwing tantrums about it, you can’t keep trying to undermine this family—I won’t let you."
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • After the Voting Rights Act passed, court clerks and judges still kept the jury rolls mostly white through various tactics designed to undermine the law.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The kabaragoya is in fact a useful scavenger and is now protected by law as it preys on fresh water crabs that undermine and ruin the bunds of paddy fields.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She saw now that she had undermined his authority in all eyes by flouting his orders.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • As the King’s Champion, she might find ways to save countless lives—ways to undermine the king’s authority.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • More and more kids saw her cheer-leading behavior as undermining the basketball team and its perfect record.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • "I don’t think we’ll undermine all law and order in the state of New York if I let you in early."
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now

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  • That, coupled with their shaken confidence, could undermine everything they’d accomplished so far.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • This law exacerbated the class tensions that a number of historians have identified as undermining Confederate unity and morale.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I was glad to be shut of my job—the first and only salaried position, excluding the military, of my life—even though its loss seriously undermined my already modest solvency.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He became convinced we were spying on him, trying to undermine him.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Fear undermines logic and opens up all sorts of opportunities for people like me.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I declined to suggest that clients examine the underside of the piece, as Hobie himself— eager to educate, at the price of fatally undermining his own interests was only too quick to do.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Farley could hold me up in another hijacked broadcast, revealing me to the world in an attempt to undermine the Silvers.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Anything to rot, to weaken, to undermine!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • In doing so, they hoped to embarrass America and undermine American soldiers’ faith in their government.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But they represent a danger to us; they undermine our confidence on the battlefield in the fight against world terror.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • To them it is only a moment affording opportunities to undermine a rival and obtain an extra cross or ribbon.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • When McCandless came into his world, however, the boy undermined the old man’s meticulously constructed defenses.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And because he wouldn’t join in their criminal schemes, they always tried to undermine him, to pollute his name by spreading false, hurtful rumors about him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Broad smiles and hollow laughter were undermined by trembling legs and shaking hands.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He pushed at its weak places, undermined the stronger sections, and fought to make her listen, but to no avail.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He would leave tutoring early or skip it altogether, acts that undermined Luma’s authority before the rest of the team.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She might, and not improbably would, have suffered death from the stern tribunals of the period, for attempting to undermine the foundations of the Puritan establishment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • And Elzbieta would call upon Dede Antanas to support her; there was a fear in the souls of these two, lest this journey to a new country might somehow undermine the old home virtues of their children.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The analogy, however, seems to falter when one considers that, while there were no witches then, there are Communists and capitalists now, and in each camp there is certain proof that spies of each side are at work undermining the other.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • That’s what undermines the morale of an organization.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Because I outsmarted his sadistic Hunger Games, made the Capitol look foolish, and consequently undermined his control.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He would sometimes crawl up under an undermined bank or into an old muskrat den.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • This work took me up three or four weeks, when finding my little strength all in vain, I fell to undermining it by digging away the sand, and so to make it fall down, setting pieces of wood to thrust and guide it in the fall.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Mother told Father that she was in charge of disciplining "the boy" and that he had undermined her authority by buying the gifts.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Fear undermines faith in the establishment.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In fact with the utmost assiduity he undermined the rock of her purity with such engines that had Camilla been of brass she must have fallen.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Toshio, the boy, apparently had some freedom to move, because she could feel him undermining the pile of wood and tiles as she worked from above.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He complained that there is a gutter on the adjoining house which discharges rain-water on his premises, and is undermining the foundations of his house.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He can’t be allowed to dock points… that would be ridiculous… it would completely undermine the prefect system.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • With short, clear words, he explained why he had agreed to the council’s demands and how he and Saphira had attempted to undermine them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Ishmael was all right, but Ahab he could not respect and this ultimately undermined the book for him.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It doesn’t help that you are so eager to undermine my self-control, either.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He came to the rescue at this point, and said in a consolatory and complimentary voice, "Camilla, my dear, it is well known that your family feelings are gradually undermining you to the extent of making one of your legs shorter than the other."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A child of Jesus would undermine the critical notion of Christ’s divinity and therefore the Christian Church, which declared itself the sole vessel through which humanity could access the divine and gain entrance to the kingdom of heaven.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • So do not allow any temporary excitement to distract you from the real business of undermining faith and preventing the formation of virtues.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He was sure Ginny, Neville, and Luna were sitting together at this moment, perhaps wondering where he, Ron, and Hermione were, or debating how best to undermine Snape’s new regime.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The irony, though, is that that very desire for confidence is precisely what ends up undermining the accuracy of their decision.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I want you to overcome ’cause with yeses, undermine ’cause with grins, agree ’cause to death and destruction, let ’cause swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • But the vividness and depth of his memories touched her and slowly undermined her resolve to stay objective.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • But what’s the point of the rest of us working so hard if you’re going to give Major Major medical attention the minute Milo begins starving him to death? I just wonder what they’re going to think up at Group about the man who’s undermining our whole security program.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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