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The Dallas-Washington matchup had all the pettiness we’ve come to expect from the NFC East, along with tough defense and a third-string quarterback.

This is hardly the greatest tragedy of Spears’ life under conservatorship, but the pettiness is telling.

From Time

For Swift, it’s a powerful flex, a brilliant example of fan service and an exercise in high-minded pettiness, all at the same time.

I really feel, at 60 years old, I’m sort of glad I got to indulge some of the pettiness of what I’d been.

From Ozy

It is a fascinating story of rivalry and even pettiness, albeit with huge stakes in the form of prizes, patents, profits, and prestige.

Rather, he dishes up a seemingly endless stream of examples of pettiness, irritation, hypocrisy and awkwardness.

The pettiness could be no issue—photograph all of your children, rainbows, sunsets, and kittens.

Why turn a genuine good-news story into an expression of childish pettiness?

It represents instead a sorry reflection of the pettiness of current political debate in Washington.

And it makes the pettiness and obstinacy on display in the U.S. over these negotiations all the more unseemly.

We might read between the lines his noble love of mankind, his compassion for our helplessness, our mortality and pettiness.

And on these faces, there was a certain pettiness and coldness not observable on those of the poorer women.

But eventually some experience will reveal to them the pettiness of their estimate, and a readjustment of values is made.

Back they would come at night, and the terrible, narrow maelstrom of pettiness sucked them in.

Under cover of their primitive Christianity I never found more pettiness.


On this page you'll find 17 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pettiness, such as: paltriness, silliness, smallness, triviality, unimportance, and inconsequentialness.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.