Definition of nastiness in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːstɪnəs//ˈnastɪnəs/


  • [mass noun] The state or quality of being nasty.

    ‘the nastiness of the campaign’
    • ‘But in the last series, it was enveloped in a miasma of nastiness.’
    • ‘The outrage it provoked was based on the seeming crudeness of the content and the sexist nastiness of the boy protagonists.’
    • ‘It is glib and empty rationalising, which taken literally would imply that nastiness is a prerequisite for success.’
    • ‘In more recent times, his nastiness has become more unpredictable.’
    • ‘Sheer pig-headed ignorance, nastiness, mean-spiritedness and rudeness in my opinion.’
    unpleasantness, disagreeableness, offensiveness, vileness, foulness, unsavouriness, ugliness, squalor, filthiness, filth, pollution
    unkindness, unpleasantness, unfriendliness, disagreeableness, hostility, rudeness, churlishness, spite, spitefulness, malice, maliciousness, meanness, mean-spiritedness, ill temper, ill nature, bad temper, bad-temperedness, viciousness, ill humour, malevolence, venom, venomousness, malignancy, cantankerousness, cruelty, abusiveness
    obscenity, indecency, offensiveness, impropriety, indelicacy, crudity, vulgarity, grossness, pornography, smuttiness, smut, salaciousness, lewdness, licentiousness
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