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subaltern

adjective baser, humble, inferior, junior, less, lesser, low, lower, lower in rank, lowly, minor, of lower rank, secondary, servile, subalternate, subcenturio, subsidiary, under
See also: ancillary, assistant, ignoble, inferior, minor, secondary, slight, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary

SUBALTERN. A kind of officer who exercises his authority under the superintendence and control of a superior.

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When most of the Subalterns sat upon him with sofa-cushions to find out why he had not said that acting was his strong point, he answered very quietly:--"I don't think you ever asked me.
Bobby did not kneel and worship them, because British subalterns are not constructed in that manner.
Glorvina danced past him in a fury with all the young subalterns of the station, and the Major was not in the least jealous of her performance, or angry because Captain Bangles of the Cavalry handed her to supper.
My father knew a subaltern officer of that name when he was with his regiment in Canada.
Even the very place of his captivity was uncertain, and his fate but very imperfectly known to the generality of his subjects, who were, in the meantime, a prey to every species of subaltern oppression.
I think I was a good, prompt subaltern, and I am very sure that Hands was an excellent pilot, for we went about and about and dodged in, shaving the banks, with a certainty and a neatness that were a pleasure to behold.
I told him, "that in the kingdom of Tribnia, (3) by the natives called Langdon, (4) where I had sojourned some time in my travels, the bulk of the people consist in a manner wholly of discoverers, witnesses, informers, accusers, prosecutors, evidences, swearers, together with their several subservient and subaltern instruments, all under the colours, the conduct, and the pay of ministers of state, and their deputies.
She was an extraordinarily beautiful girl, Margaret Devereux, and made all the men frantic by running away with a penniless young fellow-- a mere nobody, sir, a subaltern in a foot regiment, or something of that kind.
You receive 1,500 francs per annum for your services here -- more than many a brave subaltern, who continually risks his life for his country, obtains.
Although I am only a tutor--a kind of subaltern, Mr.
As it might be about five o'clock in the afternoon, the masters had dined: supper was being prepared for twenty subaltern guests.
She had jilted them all - from Basset-Holmer the senior captain to little Mildred the junior subaltern, who could have given her four thousand a year and a title.