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Homework Help: What does "was but" mean?

Posted by Carlito on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 9:03pm.

The eminent ammbassador was but an ___(average)___ linguist;yet he insisted in speaking to foreign dignitaries in their own tounges.

why is it average?

Doesnt was BUT mean opposite?

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