Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of nastiness.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Each shielded the other from the few small nastinesses of existence as they lived and entertained in their elegant glass house no blinds or shutters in two lovely acres near Princeton.

    A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates – review

  • The Mail did quite a bit of work to try and distance itself from its nastinesses I thought (without actually reading it) from references to some of its campaigns over the past 18 months or so.

    The Tories keep very strange company - Are they endorsing a homophobic rag ?

  • The two children and their adorable pet gazelle, (yes, I said gazelle), encounter such horrors as rusty manacles, suspiciously bulgy burlap sacks and pies with questionable things sticking out of them, plus absolutely scads of "trolls, monsters, bugbears, creatures, and other such nastinesses" as they travel through their city's sewer system.

    The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly

  • Bad language was no longer heard, and the little nastinesses of small boys were looked upon with hostility; the bigger boys, like the lords temporal of the Middle

    Of Human Bondage

  • Bad language was no longer heard, and the little nastinesses of small boys were looked upon with hostility; the bigger boys, like the lords temporal of the Middle Ages, used the strength of their arms to persuade those weaker than themselves to virtuous courses.

    Of Human Bondage

  • Wholesome people would not argue about the taste of such nastinesses: they would spit them out; but we are tainted with flagellomania from our childhood.

    Treatise on Parents and Children

  • Look at that girl in front of us, stooping over the stall of a vendor of what some one has dubbed "sticky nastinesses," her háïk lightly thrown back; her bent form and the tiny hand protruding at her side show that she is not alone, her little baby brother proving almost as much as she can carry.

    Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond

  • Novels or poems without conundrums, without psychologic problems, with no sexual theorems to solve, with no unique idiosyncrasies to fathom, without anything unnatural, or sickening, without hospital nastinesses, -- are all, we are assured, unworthy the notice of the youth of either sex who are really up to date.

    Studies in Early Victorian Literature

  • Although averse to the diet of bush vermln, so often extolled in these colonies, and although carefully eschewing all parrot pies, red-bill ragouts, black swans, kangaroo rats, porcupines, and such vaunted nastinesses, we strongly contend for the excellence of "kangaroo steamer," as a most savory and appetizing dish.

    Forest & Frontiers

  • Certain wiseacres held that it was influenced by the age of the moon at the time of bottling; whilst others thought the effervescence could be best secured by the addition of spirit, alum, and various nastinesses.

    Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

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