littleness


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lit·tle

 (lĭt′l)
adj. lit·tler or less (lĕs) also less·er (lĕs′ər), lit·tlest or least (lēst)
1.
a. Small in size: a little dining room.
b. Small in quantity or extent: a little money; a little work on the side. See Synonyms at small.
2. Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left.
3. Unimportant; trivial: a little matter.
4. Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
5. Having scant power or influence; of minor status: just a little clerk in the records office.
6.
a. Being at an early stage of growth; young: a little child.
b. Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling: My little brother is leaving for college next week.
adv. less or lesser, least
1. Not much; scarcely: works long hours, sleeping little.
2. Not in the least; not at all: They little expected such a generous gift.
n.
1. A small quantity or amount: Give me a little.
2. Something much less than all: I know little of their history.
3. A short distance or time: a little down the road; waited a little.
Idioms:
a little
Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better.
little by little
By small degrees or increments; gradually.

[Middle English, from Old English lȳtel.]

lit′tle·ness n.

littleness

(ˈlɪtlnɪs)
n
the quality or state of being a small quantity, extent, or duration ofthe quality or state of being of small or less than average sizethe quality or state of being young or being a childthe quality or state of being unimportant
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.littleness - the property of having a relatively small size
size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
diminutiveness, minuteness, petiteness, tininess, weeness - the property of being very small in size; "hence the minuteness of detail in the painting"
slightness, delicacy - smallness of stature
grain - the smallest possible unit of anything; "there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense"
runtiness, stuntedness, puniness - smallness of stature
dwarfishness - smallness of stature
bigness, largeness - the property of having a relatively great size
2.littleness - the property of having relatively little strength or vigor; "the smallness of her voice"
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
3.littleness - lack of generosity in trifling matters
Translations

littleness

[ˈlɪtlnɪs] N (in size) → pequeñez f (fig) → mezquindad f

littleness

nKleinheit f, → geringe Größe; (of contribution)Geringfügigkeit f; (of mind)Beschränktheit f
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To be "run ashore" has the littleness, poignancy, and bitterness of human error.
They would not allow me to be a dwarf, because my littleness was beyond all degrees of comparison; for the queen's favourite dwarf, the smallest ever known in that kingdom, was near thirty feet high.
They would look for the cause in the right quarter--in the littleness of poor human nature--join hands over their common failing, and start building their house anew on a more earthly and enduring foundation.
All comprehension is creation; the woman I love is somewhat of my handiwork; and the great lover, like the great painter, is he that can so embellish his subject as to make her more than human, whilst yet by a cunning art he has so based his apotheosis on the nature of the case that the woman can go on being a true woman, and give her character free play, and show littleness, or cherish spite, or be greedy of common pleasures, and he continue to worship without a thought of incongruity.
Many men would have retained a feeling of vindictiveness towards Adam, but he would not--he would resolutely overcome all littleness of that kind, for he had certainly been very much in the wrong; and though Adam had been harsh and violent, and had thrust on him a painful dilemma, the poor fellow was in love, and had real provocation.
He is a gentleman of strict conscience, disdainful of all littleness and meanness and ready on the shortest notice to die any death you may please to mention rather than give occasion for the least impeachment of his integrity.
They elevated me from all littleness of feeling, and although they did not remove my grief, they subdued and tranquillized it.
The fields below us were dark, the sky was growing pale, and that forgotten plough had sunk back to its own littleness somewhere on the prairie.
Elton's way beforeand no degree of vanity can prevent her acknowledging her own comparative littleness in action, if not in consciousness.
We must here compel ourselves to spoil this portrait by the avowal of a littleness.
We see and know him in all his greatness and all his littleness, in all his weakness and all his might.
All the littleness of heart and mind which had first shown itself in Grace at the meeting in the cottage, when Mercy told the sad story of her life, now revealed itself once more.