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militate
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

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Definition
have force or influence — especially against something
  • ...his university degree of B. A. (a huge ad in its way) and gentlemanly bearing to all the more influence the good impression he would infallibly score a distinct success, being blessed with brains which also could be utilised for the purpose and other requisites, if his clothes were properly attended to so as to the better worm his way into their good graces as he, a youthful tyro in—society's sartorial niceties, hardly understood how a little thing like that could militate against you.
    Episode 16 — Eumaeus (97% in)

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