temporary deviation

We must remember that all through this argument Burke is engaged in a piece of special pleading. He does not appear in the role of an impartial judge but as a warm and skilful advocate. As a matter of fact, though there was very little deviation from formal law in the Revolution of 1688, there was a profound change in the spirit and disposition and sentiment of the nation towards the monarchy, and Burke fights shy of this very significant fact.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from Price's Sermon in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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