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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NASTINESS

These pyramids of nastiness are ever to be found within the city.

But if there is some nastiness there is very little naughtiness in them.

As she ate what she had begged, she growled, Why am I eating this nastiness?

There is a fashion of saying these things, and much other nastiness.

He has been at pains too great to disguise the fact of its nastiness.

It's the Frenchman's nastiness, it's the Jews', it's Wilhelm's.

The thing itself is an exaggeration of nastiness, which cannot be outdone.

He laughed aloud and a hint of nastiness was again in the tone.

Such neurasthenics are shameless in the description of their nastiness.

The people have no ancestry to boast of; all its nastiness is near the surface.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," of unknown origin; perhaps [Barnhart] from Old French nastre "miserly, envious, malicious, spiteful," shortened form of villenastre "infamous, bad," from vilein "villain" + -astre, pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster.

Alternative etymology [OED] is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish dialectal naskug "dirty, nasty"), which also might be the source of the Middle English word. Of weather, from 1630s; of things generally, "unpleasant, offensive," from 1705. Of people, "ill-tempered," from 1825. Noun meaning "something nasty" is from 1935. Related: Nastily; nastiness.

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