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  • n. Plural form of pertness.

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Examples

  • If she should die, how will all my pertnesses to her fly in my face! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Dinwiddie, who did not love her, having indeed undergone a hundred pertnesses from the imperious little lady, now gave a disrespectful and ridiculous account of Madam Esmond, made merry with her pomposity and immense pretensions, and entertained General

    The Virginians

  • Montagu's late woman, that hath all the pertnesses and the tricks of her trade.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • She will do me good, I can feel, with her little pertnesses and her airs and fancies.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Nuttie was fortunately too much in awe of the Canoness to write all the pertnesses that tingled at her fingers 'ends, and she sent a proper and fairly meek letter, intimating, however, that she was only too happy to remain at Micklethwayte.

    Nuttie's Father

  • Dinwiddie, who did not love her, having indeed undergone a hundred pertnesses from the imperious little lady, now gave a disrespectful and ridiculous account of Madam Esmond, made merry with her pomposity and immense pretensions, and entertained General Braddock with anecdotes regarding her, until his Excellency fell asleep.

    The Virginians

  • The frequentation of courts checks this petulancy of manners; the good-breeding and circumspection which are necessary, and only to be learned there, correct those pertnesses.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1748

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