pettiness


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pet·ty

 (pĕt′ē)
adj. pet·ti·er, pet·ti·est
1. Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Showing an excessive concern with unimportant matters or minor details, especially in a narrow-minded way: petty partisanship.
3.
a. Of lesser importance or rank; subordinate: a petty prince.
b. Law Variant of petit.

[Middle English peti, from Old French, variant of petit; see petit.]

pet′ti·ly adv.
pet′ti·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pettiness - narrowness of mind or ideas or views
narrow-mindedness, narrowness - an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
2.pettiness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolouspettiness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note
joke - a triviality not to be taken seriously; "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"
3.pettiness - lack of generosity in trifling matters
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pettiness

noun
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Translations
صِغَر، تفاهَه
malichernost
smålighed
csekélység
lágkúra; smámunasemi
malichernosť
bayağılık

pettiness

[ˈpetɪnɪs] N (= small-mindedness) → mezquindad f, estrechez f de miras; (= triviality) → insignificancia f, nimiedad f
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pettiness

[ˈpɛtinɪs] n (= small mindedness) → mesquinerie f
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pettiness

n
(= trivial nature)Unbedeutendheit f, → Belanglosigkeit f, → Unwichtigkeit f; (of excuse)Billigkeit f; (of crime)Geringfügigkeit f
(= small-mindedness)Kleinlichkeit f; (of remark)spitzer Charakter
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pettiness

[ˈpɛtɪnɪs] n (small-mindedness) → meschinità f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

petty

(ˈpeti) adjective
1. of very little importance; trivial. petty details.
2. deliberately nasty for a foolish or trivial reason. petty behaviour.
ˈpettily adverb
ˈpettiness noun
petty cash
money used for small, everyday expenses in an office etc.
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References in classic literature ?
For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heart-woes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
Lavrushka was one of those coarse, bare-faced lackeys who have seen all sorts of things, consider it necessary to do everything in a mean and cunning way, are ready to render any sort of service to their master, and are keen at guessing their master's baser impulses, especially those prompted by vanity and pettiness.
Stung all over by poisonous flies, and hollowed like the stone by many drops of wickedness: thus did I sit among them, and still said to myself: "Innocent is everything petty of its pettiness!"
In that world of magnificence and pettiness envy is more apt to be a dagger than a spur.
Now I am well aware that pettiness and grandeur, malice and charity, hatred and love, can find place side by side in the same human heart.
In the aspect of this dark-arrayed, pale-faced, ladylike old figure there was a deeply tragic character that contrasted irreconcilably with the ludicrous pettiness of her employment.
Even at sixteen I wondered at them morosely; even then I was struck by the pettiness of their thoughts, the stupidity of their pursuits, their games, their conversations.
If her simplicity had been the simplicity of pettiness he would have chafed and rebelled; but since the lines of her character, though so few, were on the same fine mould as her face, she became the tutelary divinity of all his old traditions and reverences.
There was no wickedness in them, but only pettiness and vulgarity.
A great historian, as he insisted on calling himself, who had the happiness to be dead a hundred and twenty years ago, and so to take his place among the colossi whose huge legs our living pettiness is observed to walk under, glories in his copious remarks and digressions as the least imitable part of his work, and especially in those initial chapters to the successive books of his history, where he seems to bring his armchair to the proscenium and chat with us in all the lusty ease of his fine English.
They have never entered into mine, but into yours, we thought--Haven't we all to struggle against life's daily greyness, against pettiness, against mechanical cheerfulness, against suspicion?
But put your forehead in your left hand, rest one foot on the fender, and your elbow on your knee; then, if you compass the idea of this quiet and uniform scene, this house and its interior, this company and its interests, heightened by the pettiness of its intellect like goldleaf beaten between sheets of parchment, ask yourself, What is human life?