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the Triumph of the French government over the English does in fact afford me a degree of pleasure which it is very difficult to disguise.' ...

Does this mean "a certain amount of"? However it sounds odd here.

I thought it meant "a lot of pleasure" here. What do you think?


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    Please add the link to the original source to the body of your question. I think there might be a typo in the text, or that might actually be correct from the source... But I have no way to know that in absence of the source. – WendiKidd Oct 10 '13 at 23:43
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Yes, it does mean "a certain amount of", and a degree of (something) is often used in this way. The specific phrase a degree of pleasure is particularly common.

The speaker's subtext does in fact suggest that he has a great deal of pleasure, but the phrasing (using a degree of) is understatement.

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