Definition of nastiness in US English:



  • The state or quality of being nasty.

    ‘the nastiness of the campaign’
    • ‘The outrage it provoked was based on the seeming crudeness of the content and the sexist nastiness of the boy protagonists.’
    • ‘Sheer pig-headed ignorance, nastiness, mean-spiritedness and rudeness in my opinion.’
    • ‘It is glib and empty rationalising, which taken literally would imply that nastiness is a prerequisite for success.’
    • ‘But in the last series, it was enveloped in a miasma of nastiness.’
    • ‘In more recent times, his nastiness has become more unpredictable.’
    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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