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pettifogging

See definition of pettifogging on Dictionary.com
  • as infault-finding
  • as ininconsiderable
  • as inpetty
  • as inpiddling

synonyms for pettifogging

  • captious
  • carping
  • fussy
  • hairsplitting
  • hard to please
  • hypercritical
  • nagging
  • niggling
  • nit-picking
  • overcritical
  • quibbling
  • frivolous
  • lesser
  • minor
  • narrow-minded
  • base
  • inessential
  • inferior
  • junior
  • light
  • little
  • lower
  • peanut
  • scratch
  • secondary
  • shallow
  • shoestring
  • slight
  • small
  • subordinate
  • trifling
  • casual
  • cheap
  • contemptible
  • inconsequent
  • inconsiderable
  • irrelevant
  • measly
  • negligible
  • nickel-and-dime
  • niggling
  • paltry
  • penny-ante
  • picayune
  • piddling
  • shabby
  • small-minded
  • two-bit
  • unimportant
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How to use pettifogging in a sentence

He is only a pettifogging country Squire, whose views on the Land Question are ob-solete in tot-to.
MUSHROOM TOWNOLIVER ONIONS
Dare not say it is, or I will, upon the spot, divorce your pettifogging soul from your carrion carcass!
THE FORTUNES OF NIGELSIR WALTER SCOTT
By conforming to the Laws of this Universe; instead of trying by pettifogging to evade and profitably contradict them.
HISTORY OF FRIEDRICH II. OF PRUSSIA, VOL. III. (OF XXI.)THOMAS CARLYLE
I think you're nothing but a pettifogging lawyer—that there ain't no partner, and I'm no better'n a fool to talk to you.
MAX FARGUSOWEN JOHNSON
The pettifogging objections to some social plan had very little chance of survival owing to the dynamic power of the reformers.
A PREFACE TO POLITICSWALTER LIPPMANN
Looked at with the unclouded eye of a mystic, how mundane and unnecessary all these pettifogging transactions seemed.
SHANDYGAFFCHRISTOPHER MORLEY
The old procureur and his president applied all their pettifogging cunning to lowering the debate.
HISTORY OF THE COMMUNE OF 1871P. LISSAGARY
I have work for you––not to serve any one with a writ; assign; bring an action, or any of your rascally, pettifogging tricks!
THE STROLLERSFREDERIC S. ISHAM
At once he gained a little practice, pettifogging before a justice of the peace for friends, without expecting a fee.
THE PAPERS AND WRITINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VOLUME ONEABRAHAM LINCOLN
There are districts where the pettifogging man of business, known as Lawyer So-and-So, is still to be found.
COUSIN PONSHONORE DE BALZAC
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WORDS RELATED TO PETTIFOGGING

  • captious
  • carping
  • fussy
  • hairsplitting
  • hard to please
  • hypercritical
  • nagging
  • niggling
  • nit-picking
  • overcritical
  • pettifogging
  • quibbling
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.