trifle

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trifle

1. a type of pewter of medium hardness
2. articles made from this pewter
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This short-lived periodical was edited by Robert Southey after The Trifler had rejected one of his contributions.
I don't speak slightingly of Indulgencies themselves, but I laugh at the Folly of my fuddling Companion, who tho' he was the greatest Trifler that ever was born, yet chose rather to venture the whole Stress of his Salvation upon a Skin of Parchment than upon the Amendment of his Life.
A similar move propels the argument launching D'Israeli's negative review of Samuel Pegge's Anonymiana; or Ten Centuries of Observations on various Authors and Subjects, where he declares that antiquarian studies "have received a nobler impulse since the days of Pegge, by their alliance with taste and philosophy; and whenever an antiquary shall now be found a trifler, we may be certain that the fault is more in himself than in his studies; since those studies are not merely curious or entertaining, but may be directed to important purposes.
In order to destroy Kingsley's caricature of him as a trifler with truth, he had to reveal himself fully and explain his motives honestly: "I recognized what I had to do though I shrank from both the task and the exposure which it would entail.