In Tennessee William's play, "The Glass Managerie", Amanda says:
It wasn't enough for a girl to be possessed of a pretty face and a graceful figure although I wasn't slighted in either respect."
What is the meaning of "slighted" in this sentence?
English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Slighted in this sense means to be denied of something.(source) It is often used to refer to something you deserved or were promised. In this context the character is saying she has both a pretty face a graceful figure, or is not lacking those features. However, I don't believe it's common to use slighted in that context, I would use lacking instead.
I'm not totally sure of the context this quote is coming from - after a little research the following two definitions make the most sense to me (source)
- To treat (someone) with discourteous reserve or inattention
- To treat as of small importance; make light of
"Insulted" is a good synonym in this case.
It sounds like this person was told that being pretty wasn't enough - but that she was indeed pretty, so that she was not "slighted" (or insulted).