nastiness


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nas·ty

 (năs′tē)
adj. nas·ti·er, nas·ti·est
1.
a. Disgusting or repellent: a nasty odor rising from the garbage can. See Synonyms at offensive.
b. Unpleasantly cold or wet: nasty weather.
c. Archaic Dirty; filthy.
2. Morally offensive or indecent: a nasty film.
3.
a. Unpleasant or annoying: a nasty habit.
b. Mean or spiteful: Stop being nasty to each other.
4. Painful or dangerous; grave: a nasty accident.
5. Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle: a nasty puzzle; a nasty problem.
n. pl. nas·ties
One that is nasty: "It is the business of museums to present us with nasties as well as with fine things" (Country Life).

[Middle English nasti, filthy, possibly alteration of Old French nastre, bad, short for villenastre : vilein, bad; see villain + -astre, pejorative suff. (from Latin -aster).]

nas′ti·ly adv.
nas′ti·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nastiness - a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refusenastiness - a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse
unsanitariness - a state that is not conducive to health
2.nastiness - malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nastynastiness - malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
malevolency, malice, malevolence - the quality of threatening evil
3.nastiness - the quality of being unpleasantnastiness - the quality of being unpleasant; "I flinched at the nastiness of his wound"
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
beastliness - unpleasant nastiness; used especially of nasty weather
niceness - the quality of nice

nastiness

noun
1. unpleasantness, ugliness, offensiveness, disagreeableness the sheer nastiness of modern urban life
2. spite, malice, venom, unpleasantness, meanness, bitchiness (slang), offensiveness, spitefulness `You're just like your mother,' he said, with a tone of nastiness in his voice.
3. dirt, pollution, filth, squalor, impurity, foulness, defilement, dirtiness, filthiness, uncleanliness Much filth and nastiness is spread amongst the huts.
4. obscenity, porn (informal), pornography, indecency, impropriety, vulgarity, smut, crudity, licentiousness, offensiveness, ribaldry, lewdness, salaciousness, indelicacy, smuttiness Almost every page of the book was filled with this kind of nastiness.

nastiness

noun
Translations
بَذاءَه، رَداءَه
nepříjemnostodpornost
gemenhedmodbydelighed
undorító
viîbjóîur; illkvittni
iğrençlikpislik

nastiness

[ˈnɑːstɪnɪs] N
1. (= unpleasantness) [of weather, situation] → lo desagradable; [of taste, smell] → lo desagradable, lo repugnante
2. (= spitefulness) → maldad f

nastiness

[ˈnɑːstinɪs] n
[person, remark] → méchanceté f
[smell, taste] → caractère m désagréable

nastiness

n no pl
(= unpleasantness)Scheußlichkeit f; (of medicine)Ekelhaftigkeit f; (of weather)Abscheulichkeit f; (= seriousness: of break, wound) → schlimme Art; (= objectionableness: of crime, behaviour, language) → Abscheulichkeit f; (= dirtiness)Schmutzigkeit f; (= dangerousness)Gefährlichkeit f
(= malice) (of behaviour etc)Gemeinheit f; (of person)Bosheit f, → Gemeinheit f; (of remarks etc)Gehässigkeit f, → Gemeinheit f; (= behaviour)gemeines or scheußliches Benehmen (to gegenüber); (= remarks)Gehässigkeit (→ en pl) f(to(wards) gegenüber)
(= offensiveness)Anstößigkeit f; (of film, book also)Ekelhaftigkeit f; the nastiness of his mindseine üble/schmutzige Fantasie or Phantasie

nastiness

[ˈnɑːstɪnɪs] n (of person, remark) → malignità, cattiveria

nasty

(ˈnaːsti) adjective
1. unpleasant to the senses. a nasty smell.
2. unfriendly or unpleasant in manner. The man was very nasty to me.
3. wicked; evil. He has a nasty temper.
4. (of weather) very poor, cold, rainy etc.
5. (of a wound, cut etc) serious. That dog gave her a nasty bite.
6. awkward or very difficult. a nasty situation.
ˈnastily adverb
ˈnastiness noun
References in classic literature ?
Apart from the one fundamental nastiness the luckless mouse succeeds in creating around it so many other nastinesses in the form of doubts and questions, adds to the one question so many unsettled questions that there inevitably works up around it a sort of fatal brew, a stinking mess, made up of its doubts, emotions, and of the contempt spat upon it by the direct men of action who stand solemnly about it as judges and arbitrators, laughing at it till their healthy sides ache.
I did indeed observe that the YAHOOS were the only animals in this country subject to any diseases; which, however, were much fewer than horses have among us, and contracted, not by any ill-treatment they meet with, but by the nastiness and greediness of that sordid brute.
And thou, red judge, if thou would say audibly all thou hast done in thought, then would every one cry: "Away with the nastiness and the virulent reptile
The whole sketch stood before him in letters of fire, and in such blaze of illumination he sought vainly for nastiness.
They are a nasty people, but their nastiness is mostly without; whereas, in France, and some other nations that I won't name, it is all within, and makes them stink much more to my reason than that of Hottentots does to my nose.
Joe always kept a supply of it in the cupboard; having a belief in its virtues correspondent to its nastiness.
Faith, sir, by the light God gives me, it seems I must have enchanters too, that persecute me as a creature and limb of your worship, and they must have put that nastiness there in order to provoke your patience to anger, and make you baste my ribs as you are wont to do.
The hunters were snickering, but she looked at me with a sympathy in her eyes which more than compensated for Wolf Larsen's nastiness.
I looked on myself as lost, and that I had nothing to think of but of going out of the world, and that with the utmost infamy: the hellish noise, the roaring, swearing, and clamour, the stench and nastiness, and all the dreadful crowd of afflicting things that I saw there, joined together to make the place seem an emblem of hell itself, and a kind of an entrance into it.
You see my young master, or my young mistress, poring over one of their spiders' insides with a magnifying-glass; or you meet one of their frogs walking downstairs without his head--and when you wonder what this cruel nastiness means, you are told that it means a taste in my young master or my young mistress for natural history.
The thing itself is an exaggeration of nastiness, which cannot be outdone.
Then he was interested by the question why in all great towns men are not simply driven by necessity, but in some peculiar way inclined to live in those parts of the town where there are no gardens nor fountains; where there is most dirt and smell and all sorts of nastiness.