Definition of Pettiness

1. Noun. Narrowness of mind or ideas or views.

Generic synonyms: Narrow-mindedness, Narrowness
Derivative terms: Petty



2. Noun. The quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous.
Exact synonyms: Puniness, Slightness, Triviality
Generic synonyms: Unimportance
Specialized synonyms: Joke
Derivative terms: Petty, Puny, Slight, Trivial

3. Noun. Lack of generosity in trifling matters.

Definition of Pettiness

1. n. The quality or state of being petty or paltry; littleness; meanness.

Definition of Pettiness

1. Noun. The quality of being petty. ¹

2. Noun. A petty behaviour, attitude, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pettiness

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Literary usage of Pettiness

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"... contrast curiously with the pettiness of the disputes. His meeting-house, rebuilt 1780, was fitted with a sloping floor, to improve the auditorium ..."

2. A History of American Literature by Moses Coit Tyler (1878)
"V.—Edward Johnson—His "Wonder-Working Providence"—How he came to write it—Reflects the greatness and pettiness of the New England Puritans—Examples—Its ..."

3. French Civilization in the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Introduction by Albert Léon Guérard (1914)
"... A»"rM'fm—(4) Bourgeois pettiness—(5) A divided sotil; latent ciril war; fits of fanaticism and cynical indifference. ..."

4. Barbizon Days: Millet, Corot, Rousseau, Barye by Charles Sprague Smith (1902)
"Here all pettiness, all small lines, are effaced. Terrible in his conscious might, ord of the brute creation, he sits there as on his throne, looking forth ..."

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