Definitions

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  • n. The property of being little, smallness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being little

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being little, in any sense of that word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of having relatively little strength or vigor
  • n. lack of generosity in trifling matters
  • n. the property of having a relatively small size

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Examples

  • They miss her "littleness" - her insignificance...

    Transitus...

  • Having had to encounter single - handed during his period of eclipse many physical dangers, he was well aware of the most dangerous element common to them all: of the crushing, paralyzing sense of human littleness, which is what really defeats

    Nostromo: a Tale of the Seaboard

  • Having had to encounter singlehanded during his period of eclipse many physical dangers, he was well aware of the most dangerous element common to them all: of the crushing, paralyzing sense of human littleness, which is what really defeats a man struggling with natural forces, alone, far from the eyes of his fellows.

    Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard

  • Take it which way you will, the leading idea is that of "littleness;" moreover, there is no propriety in the word "creep" as applied to

    Notes and Queries, Number 53, November 2, 1850

  • I went off in one of the first boats and the moment it touched the pebbly strand of the side of the inlet I jumped out and walked away, eager to be alone to enjoy the glory of it all away from the rasping voices, the worldly talk of my companions, the perpetual "littleness" of ideas that humanity drags with it everywhere.

    Five Nights

  • Professor Flint's usually candid mind has had a Creator, it nowhere displays the "littleness" of prejudice in so marked a degree as it does when "measuring his attributes."

    A Candid Examination of Theism

  • Brewer wonders if we have been captured by "littleness" and warns that "Phariseeism dwarfs the soul, paralyzes the heart and vitiates sympathy and love."

    Stoned-Campbell Disciple

  • "littleness," for I knew that I was still but a very small shaver -- smaller even than my age would indicate -- though I had a well-knit frame, and was tolerably tight and tough.

    The Boy Tar

  • Thus he showed, combined in his person, that excess of grandeur and of littleness which is acquired from the practice of royalty. "

    Louis Philippe Makers of History Series

  • He was beaten down to movelessness by an overwhelming sense of his own weakness and littleness.

    The Makers of Fire

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