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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nastiness the quality of being unpleasant "I flinched at the nastiness of his wound"
    • n nastiness malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
    • n nastiness a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nastiness The quality or state of being nasty; extreme filthness; dirtiness; also, indecency; obscenity. "The nastiness of Plautus and Aristophanes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nastiness The character of being filthy; filthiness; dirtiness; filthy habits or condition.
    • n nastiness Disgusting taste; nauseousness.
    • n nastiness Disagreeableness; unpleasantness: as, the general nastiness of the weather.
    • n nastiness Meanness; dishonorableness: as, the nastiness of the trick.
    • n nastiness That which is filthy; filth.
    • n nastiness Moral filth or filthiness; grossness or indecency; obscenity.
    • n nastiness Synonyms Foulness, defilement, pollution.
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  • Vernon Grounds
    Vernon Grounds
    “Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.”
  • Pat Riley
    “Discipline is not a nasty word.”
  • Rowan Atkinson
    Rowan Atkinson
    “Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you'd want to have dinner with. [On the subject of Mr. Bean]”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Man is the only creature who has a nasty mind.”


Something nasty in the woodshed - Something nasty in the woodshed means that someone as a dark secret or an unpleasant experience in their past.


In literature:

You are right down nasty.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
I don't like them; they're nasty fish.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn
My boy Rodd and I tried experiments to see how nasty we could make the spirits without being dangerous.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Let it bleed, in case the arrow was smeared with anything nasty.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
Nasty spot too, but there's a wonderful supply of cheap power.
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
Barney will be as nasty as nasty at seeing hisself the wrong side, and find as he can fight when he likes.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
Take away that nasty hot paw.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
A nasty cowardly trick.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
You haven't minded my saying such nasty things as I have sometimes?
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Nasty prejudiced old thing!
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
I wonder what nasty people lived in this house before us.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Don't make me out so nasty.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Did you think I'd cut up nasty about it?
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
Why should they have been so nasty to me?
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Yes, from whatever angle you consider it, jealousy is a mean, nasty, miserable feeling.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Rifles had a nasty way of going off at the hip under such circumstances.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
I'm full up now with this nasty yellow water, and can't stand any more.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
What has happened gave you a nasty turn; but there, that's the end of it!
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
But all the same "jailer" was a funny name to give a man; unkind, unfriendly, nasty.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Or it could turn out to be mighty nasty.
"The Invaders" by Benjamin Ferris

In poetry:

Q. But who unfit can enter there,
Or with such nasty feet?
A. Christ by his blood presents thee fair,
His Spirit makes thee meet.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
The horse that Dan rode was a devil—
The kind of a brute I despise,
With nasty white eyelashes fringing
A pair of red, sinister eyes.
"Dan Wasn’t Thrown from His Horse" by Henry Lawson
But one day, one cold winter’s day
He screamed out-‘Take the soup away:
Oh, take the nasty soup away!
I won’t have any soup today.’
"The Story of Augustus who would not have any Soup" by Heinrich Hoffmann
Where vice is virtue - virtue, vice:
Where nice is nasty - nasty, nice:
Where right is wrong and wrong is right -
Where white is black and black is white.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Twas what ye'd call a nasty night,
An' 'twa''t no time to pick a fight,
Th' we struck th' zone;
Th' fog wuz settlin' purty thick —
Screws 'u'd race, an' buck, an' kick,
An' stays 'u'd creak an' groan.
"Signal Bill" by Burt Franklin Jenness
My name it is " Defiance," an' my natur's much the same,
For towin' on the River Clyde is more 'n just a game.
I'm gettin' old, they says—oh, my ! they do say nasty things! —
But still I takes my fill o' coal, an' still I sweetly sings—
"Song Of A Tug" by John Joy Bell

In news:

The Guardian's Almost-Comical Nastiness .
D'Alessandro: Joakim Noah's nastiness with fan turns into teaching moment.
Treason's poison: Coulter spews pure nastiness .
Rangers, Senators understand that Game 2 nastiness was just the beginning.
Following a lopsided, unremarkable Game 1 between the Rangers and the Senators, the drama and nastiness did not disappoint in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win for Ottawa.
Both candidates, Democrat Lewis Fidler and Republican David Storobin, have not discussed the issues so much as exchanged wild and nasty accusations regarding Storobin's affiliations with… neo- Nazis .
Uma Thurman narrowly avoided what could have been a nasty accident while carrying her newborn baby in New York City Friday after she tripped on a tarp being held by a worker trying to help her leave the back door of a hotel.
Nipping a nasty rumor in the bud.
Here's a nasty problem that bit me in the butt again recently.
McKelvin's nasty season meets early end.
Tuesday's nasty weather left us with a big swell once again.
A new take on a notoriously nasty guy.
Nutria cleanup nasty after hurricane in Mississippi.
LONG before the $3.4 billion write-off, the nasty Warner lawsuit and a tsunami of bad press, Vanity Fair called Sony's botched 1989 acquisition of Columbia Pictures "a comic epic".
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a nasty habit of rubbing salt into wounds, fresh and old.

In science:

This turns out to be technically nasty and to require a couple of careful estimates.
Ordered random walks
For notational convenience, we will put N = 1 in the non-lattice case (it is easy, but notationally nasty, to adapt the proofs to other values of N ).
Ordered random walks
Hence these models retain therefore essentially the power counting of the ordinary models, up to some nasty details concerning the fourpoint subgraphs with two external faces.
Why Renormalizable NonCommutative Quantum Field Theories?
In this appendix we give brief derivations of those integrals encountered throughout this paper that turn out to be easy, and give the appropriate reference for finding the nasty ones.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons
There is one potentially nasty problem, however.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Even more ”nasty”, the administrators can provide their own implementation of the existing commands.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot
To avoid all these nasty side effects, we decided to use an estimator of Φ which employs a transformation of ˆβ T Xi to a variable which is approximately uniform on the unit interval (0, 1).
Nonparametric checks for single-index models
Even though it is 2–central, a presentation of its cohomology ring is remarkably nasty to write down: see the calculations for group number # 187 of order 64 in [Ca, CTVZ].
The nilpotent filtration and the action of automorphisms on the cohomology of finite p--groups
There is a ‘nasty’ kinetic term for θ and an unwanted coupling of ∂µ θ to Aµ .
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
EG] Bruce asked me to be provocative and nasty, but it’s really not in my nature.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
One may want to include G being residually finite in the hypothesis in case of counterexamples which might be so nasty as to be far from being residually finite (and hence even further from being LERF) as well as being unable to contain strictly ascending HNN extensions.
Strictly ascending HNN extensions in soluble groups
They thus differ from calculations of unruly hadrons in collision, which insist on interacting on a wide range of momentum scales, piling up large logarithms from a nasty variety of sources.
Heavy Quark Physics
But much worse operations are possible, which makes the equivalence relation defined by homometry a rather nasty one.
A Glimpse at Mathematical Diffraction Theory
My reason is that solving (3) would cause a singularity of P(N, αs (Q2 )) to induce an essential singularity in u(N, Q2 ) (that is, a nasty one).
Soft and hard QCD
The Z-action is not free, and the quotient topology on ˆ∂ (L2 )/Z is quite nasty: Each of the two null portions of the boundary is rolled up into a circle, while the image of i+ in that quotient is a viciously non-Hausdorff point, whose only neighborhood is all of those two circles.
Boundaries on Spacetimes: An Outline