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undermine
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
weaken gradually
  • Analysis is good as a tool of enlightenment and civilization—to the extent that it shakes stupid preconceptions, quashes natural biases, and undermines authority.
    5.3 - Freedom (45% in)
  • Holding to our principle of not making him any better or worse than he was, we can state that he simply refused—not consciously, not expressly, but quite naively refused—to let ideas out of novels undermine his sense of justice when dealing with his own sex or limit the experiences he needed for growth in this arena of life.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (4% in)

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