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  • n. Plural form of pettiness.

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Examples

  • Despite her friend's gallant defense, this acquaintance, and others, relished telling of Mrs. Gutfreund's supposed 'pettinesses'.

    Michael Henry Adams: Great Houses of New York: River House, the Best Address, Part IV

  • Cameron is refusing to engage in Brown's games (pettinesses) on Brown's terms.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Love has its childishness, other passions have their pettinesses.

    Les Miserables

  • Only so are we 'magnified', given our full dignity and splendour--not by rushing around in panic defending ourselves and standing on our dignity, but by being still enough to reflect and absorb the light flowing from God the Holy Trinity, something so wonderful that it can put into perspective the fears and pettinesses that we think are real life, and silence us for a moment, letting true life in.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • That little pink – cheeked dancing – master to marry Katharine? that gibbering ass with the face of a monkey on an organ? that posing, vain, fantastical fop? with his tragedies and his comedies, his innumerable spites and prides and pettinesses?

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • Only so are we 'magnified', given our full dignity and splendour – not by rushing around in panic defending ourselves and standing on our dignity, but by being still enough to reflect and absorb the light flowing from God the Holy Trinity, something so wonderful that it can put into perspective the fears and pettinesses that we think are real life, and silence us for a moment, letting true life in.

    Sermon on the occasion of the National Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Walsingham

  • Government — straightforward, commonsense men — who were above all pettinesses.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • The light played gently in her mind, dispersing old night-shadows, pettinesses, the little, nagging memories of dreams.

    Heir of Sea and Fire

  • He would doubtless have found the same spites, the same pettinesses, the same fears, in any case the same lack of cohesion.

    Maigret Hesitates

  • If love in its relation to sex be conceived in this manner, it will purify it by doing away with its pettinesses and it is just into these pettinesses that the most honest and upright of matrimonial loves too often degenerate.

    Sex Avoided subjects Discussed in Plain English

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