Definition: trivial; unimportant
Definition: trivial; unimportant
Sentences Containing 'trifling'
``I am highly gratified,''said Mr. Lorry,``though, upon my honor, I had no intention of rendering those trifling articles of remembrance invisible to any one.
Mr. Bennet accepted the challenge, observing that he acted very wisely in leaving the girls to their own trifling amusements.
The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature.
That it would be done with such trifling exertion on his side, too, was another very welcome surprise; for his wish at present was to have as little trouble in the business as possible.
The twelve labors of Hercules were trifling in comparison with those which my neighbors have undertaken; for they were only twelve, and had an end; but I could never see that these men slew or captured any monster or finished any labor.
Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent.
For my part, I should like to know who in those days did not build them who were above such trifling.
`Do you mean to say that I've got to know all the million trifling variations of shape in the banks of this interminable river as well as I know the shape of the front hall at home?'
Now when I had mastered the language of this water and had come to know every trifling feature that bordered the great river as familiarly as I knew the letters of the alphabet, I had made a valuable acquisition.
If he were talking about a trifling letter he had received seven years before, he was pretty sure to deliver you the entire screed from memory.
One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Heretofore the bets had been trifling a dollar or two; but Backus started off with an eagle now, Wiley hesitated a moment, then`saw it'and`went ten dollars better.'
His case helped me to realize how lasting can be the effect of a very trifling occurrence.
It was not a time to neglect even trifling precautions.
The anguish and the fright which this thought gave me made my previous sufferings seem trifling by comparison.
Make me understand once for all that you are trifling with my happiness, that my life or death are nothing to you.
``Certainly,''continued Danglars,``the sacrifice was no trifling one, when the beauty of the bride is concerned.
``Why,''replied he,``I think it just possible Dantes may have been detected with some trifling article on board ship considered here as contraband.''
I see that I have made a trifling mistake, as you say; but by way of rewarding your honesty I give you another double Napoleon, that you may drink to my health, and be able to ask your messmates to join you.''
It was therefore no small mortification to him to have visited most of the principal cities in Italy without having excited the most trifling observation.
``My very good friend and excellent neighbor,''replied the count, with a smile,``you really exaggerate my trifling exertions.
``Nay,''answered Monte Cristo, with the most gentlemanly air,''`tis not for such trifling sums as these that your banking house is to be incommoded.
I can not allow him to acquire the habit of expecting to be recompensed for every trifling service he may render.
So that for a trifling sum he was as well lodged, and as perfectly shut out from observation, as the inhabitants of the finest mansion in the Faubourg St. Germain.
``I beseech of you, Maximilian, to cease trifling, and tell me what you really mean.''
``Surely so trifling a circumstance can not deserve a place in your remembrance.
Everything about the count seemed to have its meaning, for the constant habit of thought which he had acquired had given an ease and vigor to the expression of his face, and even to the most trifling gesture, scarcely to be understood.
There grief might freely expend itself without being disturbed by the trifling loungers who came from a picnic party to visit Pere la Chaise, or by lovers who make it their rendezvous.
It was not whether Danglars or Monte Cristo was more or less guilty; it was a man who would answer for the offence, whether trifling or serious; it was a man who would fight, and it was evident Danglars would not fight.
That the assessors were honest and discreet men under an oath to assess fairly and equitably, and that any advantage each of them might expect in lessening his own tax by augmenting that of the proprietaries was too trifling to induce them to perjure themselves.
It is commonly supposed to be carried furthest in some very trifling ones; not perhaps that it really is carried further in them than in others of more importance: but in those trifling manufactures which are destined to supply the small wants of but a small number of people, the whole number of workmen must necessarily be small; and those employed in every different branch of the work can often be collected into the same workhouse, and placed at once under the view of the spectator.
Though in such manufactures, therefore, the work may really be divided into a much greater number of parts, than in those of a more trifling nature, the division is not near so obvious, and has accordingly been much less observed.
Where ten thousand pounds can be employed in the grocery trade, the wages of the grocer's labour must be a very trifling addition to the real profits of so great a stock.
It may somewhat degrade the profession of a public teacher; but the cheapness of literary education is surely an advantage which greatly overbalances this trifling inconveniency.
The cheapness and abundance of gold and silver plate would be the sole advantage which the world could derive from the one event; and the dearness and scarcity of those trifling superfluities, the only inconveniency it could suffer from the other.
It is in a great measure indifferent to him from what place he carries on his trade; and a very trifling disgust will make him remove his capital, and, together with it, all the industry which it supports, from one country to another.
So far Europe has, no doubt, gained a real conveniency, though surely a very trifling one.
It is difficult to say which is most trifling, this inconveniency, or the opposite conveniency.
The expense of premiums, besides, is very trifling, that of bounties very great.
Groups of species, living during the same period of time, or living within the same area, are often characterised by trifling features in common, as of sculpture or colour.
If several trifling characters are always found in combination, though no apparent bond of connexion can be discovered between them, especial value is set on them.
Some other trifling particulars might be mentioned, but they are all of slight importance and have nothing to do with the true relation of the history; and no history can be bad so long as it is true.
What lady has rejected you, or what evidence have you found to prove that the lady Dulcinea del Toboso has been trifling with Moor or Christian?"
By an examination of the ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal."
Yet when I spoke to her of the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause."
I could, of course, borrow so trifling a sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it a matter of business and to carry out that business myself.
But by and by the thing dragged through, and everything was sold --everything but a little old trifling lot in the graveyard.
Since then, I have taken heart to write a good many trifling pieces.
It is merely crossing,' said Mr. Micawber, trifling with his eye-glass, 'merely crossing.
Of less moment which were in my first copy, for fear of being censured as tedious and trifling, whereof travellers are often, perhaps not without justice, accused.
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