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Dictionary Definition

pettiness

Noun

1 narrowness of mind or ideas or views
2 the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous [syn: triviality, slightness]
3 lack of generosity in trifling matters

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English

Noun

  1. The quality of being petty.
    The pettiness of the accounting department asking me to save a receipt from a fast-food restaurant was absurd.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abjectness, abominableness, atrociousness, authoritarianism, baseness, beggarliness, bigotry, blind side, blind spot, blinders, closed mind, contemptibility, contemptibleness, cramped ideas, crumminess, daintiness, debasement, deficiency, degradation, delicacy, depravity, despicableness, diminutiveness, enormity, execrableness, exiguity, exiguousness, failure, fanaticism, fewness, foulness, fulsomeness, grossness, heinousness, hideboundness, illiberality, immateriality, imperfection, inadequacy, incompetence, inconsequence, inconsequentiality, inconsiderableness, indifference, ineffectuality, inferiority, insignificance, insufficiency, insularism, insularity, irrelevance, little-mindedness, littleness, low priority, lowness, maladroitness, marginality, meagerness, mean mind, meanness, mediocrity, minginess, minuteness, miserableness, moderateness, monstrousness, narrow sympathies, narrow views, narrow-mindedness, narrowness, nearsightedness, nefariousness, negligibility, niggardliness, obnoxiousness, odiousness, odium theologicum, paltriness, parochialism, petty mind, picayune, picayunishness, pokiness, poorness, provincialism, puniness, purblindness, rankness, scabbiness, scantiness, scrubbiness, scruffiness, scumminess, scurviness, secondariness, shabbiness, shoddiness, shortsightedness, shut mind, slightness, smallness, squalor, stinginess, straitlacedness, stuffiness, subnormality, tininess, triviality, uncatholicity, ungenerousness, unimportance, unimpressiveness, unmagnanimousness, unnoteworthiness, unskillfulness, vileness, vulgarity, wretchedness
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