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undermine
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
weaken gradually
  • "To get their own bread they must overdose the king's lieges; and that's a bad sort of treason, Mr. Mawmsey—undermines the constitution in a fatal way."
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (13% in)
  • If the truth should be that some undermining disease was at work within him, there might be large opportunity for some people to be the happier when he was gone; and if one of those people should be Will Ladislaw, Mr. Casaubon objected so strongly that it seemed as if the annoyance would make part of his disembodied existence.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (92% in)

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