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nguyen dung

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In "The Brothers Karamazov" there is sentence:

By the way, let us say a word or two of Ivan’s feeling to his brother Dmitri. He positively disliked him; at most, felt sometimes a compassion for him, and even that was mixed with great contempt, almost repugnance.

What is meaning of "at most" in this context?

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    English - USA
    In this instance, it seems to mean that the nicest feelings he could have for a person he detested was a little compassion.
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