"Did not that levelling principle," he said, "tend to the reducing of all to an equality?
He won favor by these means, and completed the levelling down of classes, which had been proceeding ever since the emergence of the communes.
It is probable that up to 1875, at least, there had been a larger outlay of labour, material and money, in reducing, levelling and reclaiming territory, and in straightening and widening thoroughfares 1 in Boston, than had been expended for the same purposes in all the other chief cities of the United States together.
They disliked his French origin, and suspected him to be a man of levelling principles.
Rank has accounted for much, and ceremonial dress - the apparel Romans, naturally left its mark, and there have been ages of increasing luxury followed by periods of reaction, with a general levelling and nationalization on religious grounds (Judaism, Islam).