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Word: petty

Definition: trivial; unimportant; very small; small-minded; petty-minded


Sentences Containing 'petty'

(Denny Cordell, President of Shelter, seeing Petty's potential, had kept him under contract while releasing the other members of Mudcrutch).
11, 1970, when Richard Petty won the West Virginia 300 in Ona.
A small number are a now petty traders as well.
According to Friedrike Kaufel, these changes "are petty ones."
After his trial, he returned to petty crimes and menial labour.
After returning to civilization, Crean was promoted to petty officer, first class, on Scott's recommendation.
All, petty things; all things that are soon altered, soon perished.
Almirola then left JRM after 2011 to join Richard Petty Motorsports in the Cup Series, while the No.
And it is so seldom that a picture can have this petty realisation and at the same time be an expression of those larger emotional qualities that constitute good painting.
And the fine portrait will express the larger and subordinate the petty individualities, will give you what is of value, and subordinate what is trivial in a person's appearance.
But between ourselves, Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a petty way as ever came before me.
By 1851 the House of Nobles consisted only of petty chiefs called "Kaukaualii".
By 1899, Crean had advanced to the rate of petty officer, second class and was serving in "Vivid".
Campbell and Tench, along with Tom Petty, had been members of the popular Gainesville band Mudcrutch.
Contested over 200 laps and over the course of 176 minutes, the race was won by Richard Petty.
Crean was promoted to the rank of chief petty officer, retroactive to 9 September 1910.
Daniel worked opposite Brian Dietzen and Bug Hall, and was directed by Mike Petty.
Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.
Guests include Tom Petty, Phil Everly, Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen.
He gained the pole position with a speed of while the average speed of the race was . Other notable drivers at this event were: Darrell Waltrip (currently a NASCAR on Fox announcer), Neil Bonnett, Ricky Rudd, Benny Parsons, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty (son of Lee Petty), Kyle Petty (son of Richard Petty and the father of Adam Petty), and J.D. McDuffie.
He later remarried to Sadie Maude Petty, whom he preceded in death.
Here he met with a vast array of petty criminals, devoted primarily to scams of various kinds.
In Italy, he became involved in erudite, yet in retrospect petty, arguments about whether Spanish literature was decadent or a cause of decadence in Italy.
In the early Viking Age, before Harald Fairhair, Hardanger was a petty kingdom with its capital at Kinsarvik.
In those disorderly times, every great landlord was a sort of petty prince.
It is not about ordinary petty matters, believe it, that all our strife and contention is, but whether, with the vulgar, we should be mad, or by the help of philosophy wise and sober, said he.
It would be a nice business indeed if all these illustrious cities were to take huff and revenge themselves and go about perpetually making trombones of their swords in every petty quarrel!
Lee Petty would retire from NASCAR after this race.
Ling is concerned with petty annoyances that disrupt her pleasure or inconvenience her.
Mr. Greg Stickel proceeded Mrs. Petty in guiding Urbana Junior High.
Mrs. Petty was formerly the Principal of Urbana Local Elementary (grades 5 and 6).
On 18 December 1901 he was disrated from petty officer to able seaman for an unspecified misdemeanour.
On his return journey all the petty states accepted Chinese sovereignty.
One petty officer was killed and a number wounded.
Our life is like a German Confederacy, made up of petty states, with its boundary forever fluctuating, so that even a German can not tell you how it is bounded at any moment.
Petty's uncle was involved in the production of the movie.
Ronald Edward Blair (born September 16, 1948, in San Diego, California) is the original bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Schafer assisted in helping Petty to write the game's story and to design some of the puzzles.
Shortly afterwards, Petty swapped his slingshot for a friend's collection of Elvis records.
Stories involved the masked superhero foiling mischievous characters who were involved in petty criminal activities (such as burglary or assault).
The city government bought the ride from Lee Petty in order to field Caspolitch in the race.
The film opens with a violent altercation between the two over petty matters.
The game's creator and project lead is Lee Petty, who had been the art director for "Brütal Legend".
The petty annoyances of injustice or unkindness are looked on by each with the same magnanimity.
They are vain, spoilt and petty, and they dislike their cousin Maia.
They, excepting those willing to pursue a life of petty crime, live a life of tedium and depression.
Today (Jan 2014) the theatre remains closed, its exterior slowly succumbing to petty vandalism and the inhospitable climate of northeast Iowa.
Tom Petty had the following to say about Blair: "It’s great having him in the band.
When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.
Wilson was a lifelong petty criminal and alcoholic who was interviewed by author John Gilmore while Gilmore was researching his book "Severed".

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