To set at naught

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To set at naught to treat as of no account; to disregard; to despise; to defy; to treat with ignominy.
    • To set at naught to undervalue; to contemn; to despise.
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Usage

In literature:

Those standards to which artists have gradually accustomed it the public will not see lightly set at naught.
"The Works of Max Beerbohm" by Max Beerbohm
You do not mean to set at naught the well-digested idea of centuries.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
If you think fit to set at naught a brave deed because nothing arose from it!
"The Ward of King Canute" by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Thrice had she essayed to learn that secret and thrice had he set her spell at naught.
"A Second Book of Operas" by Henry Edward Krehbiel
I am not going to suffer myself to be set at naught any longer!
"Capitola the Madcap" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Indeed, in his view the first principles of reasoning seemed to be set at naught.
"At the Villa Rose" by A. E. W. Mason
They were, it is true, forced to trade with England, but this obligation was set wholly at naught.
"True to the Old Flag" by G. A. Henty
And disciples will set at naught the instructions of preceptors, and seek even to injure them.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
No sight could have been more dreadful to Mademoiselle; for it set at naught the conditions which she had so hardly exacted.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
In case the air-currents disturb the light, it is necessary to turn on a stronger flow, which secures steadiness, but sets economy at naught.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
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In poetry:

"If any the warning without set at naught,
Their legs then this man-trap must tear:"
Said William to Thomas, "So you'd have been caught,
If you had leapt over just there. "
"The Boys And The Apple Tree" by Adelaide O Keeffe
Now Jones had left his new-wed bride to keep his house in order,
And hied away to the Hurrum Hills above the Afghan border,
To sit on a rock with a heliograph; but ere he left he taught
His wife the working of the Code that sets the miles at naught.
"A Code of Morals" by Rudyard Kipling