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petty
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The Idiot
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petty
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The Idiot
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  • Crime is too often the last resource of these petty nonentities.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • You are ordinary of the ordinary; you have no chance of ever fathering the pettiest idea of your own.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I had always heard so much that was evil said of you all—more evil than good; as to how small and petty were your interests, how absurd your habits, how shallow your education, and so on.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • (Not that he objected to acts of petty meanness—he was always ready for THEM.) He looked with hate and loathing on the poverty and downfall of his family, and treated his mother with haughty contempt, although he knew that his whole future depended on her character and reputation.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …so much written and said about you! I came here today with anxious curiosity; I wished to see for myself and form my own convictions as to whether it were true that the whole of this upper stratum of Russian society is WORTHLESS, has outlived its time, has existed too long, and is only fit to die—and yet is dying with petty, spiteful warring against that which is destined to supersede it and take its place—hindering the Coming Men, and knowing not that itself is in a dying condition.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But of late they have grown, more candid and are ashamed of the expression 'love of country,' and have annihilated the very spirit of the words as something injurious and petty and undignified.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: a petty crime
as in: don`t be petty
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