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paltry
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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Definition
insignificant in amount or quality
  • "And to think, only to think that a man's life should be ruined for the sake of that paltry three thousand!" he cried, contemptuously.
    Book 8 — Mitya (21% in)
  • Not because I couldn't, or because I shouldn't dare, or because it would be damaging, for it's all a paltry matter and absolutely trifling, but—I won't, because it's a matter of principle: that's my private life, and I won't allow any intrusion into my private life.
    Book 9 — The Preliminary Investigation (35% in)
  • He is simply a devil—a paltry, trivial devil.
    Book 11 — Ivan (96% in)
  • _ Don't pay attention: he is a paltry, pitiful devil," he added suddenly.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (31% in)

There are no more uses of "paltry" in The Brothers Karamazov.

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