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2 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

égratignèrent souvent nos convictions

Context:

L’après-midi passé avec l’ex-kronprinz de Prusse, mis aux arrêts dans son domaine, me laisse un étonnant souvenir ; son intelligence, son humour berlinois égratignèrent souvent nos convictions. Nous eûmes ce privilège inattendu, le lieutenant Rigaud et moi, de l’en tendre faire l’éloge du maréchal Pétain.

"put a dent in", "shook up/rattled/caused us to doubt our convictions"?

 

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2 months ago

Ffion Marianne Moyle  See profile wrote:

eroded our convictions

My comment:

chip away is good as someone else suggested

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

Would chip away at our convictions

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2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

would erode our convictions / repeatedly eroded / challenged our convictions

My comment:

The narrator means that their convictions are often challenged by him, they are no longer so sure about their beliefs, which are put to a severe test. The usual french phrase is "ébranler les convictions de qn".

2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

often gnawed at our convictions

Comments by other colleagues on this answer:

2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR better: often peeved /miffed / ruffled our convictions

2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR ... we often felt affronted / slighted in ...

2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR ... they often dented our convictions ...