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  • noun Plural form of naughtiness.


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  • On the contrary; just as he persists in his "naughtinesses" which are forms of life, so does he persist in loving us, in forgiving us everything, in forgetting our offenses, in longing to be with us, to embrace us, to sit upon our knees, to fall asleep on our bosom.

    Spontaneous Activity in Education Maria Montessori 1911

  • Many of the "naughtinesses" of school children belong to this class.

    What Is and What Might Be A Study of Education in General and Elementary Education in Particular Edmond Holmes 1893

  • "naughtinesses," the "mysterious vapors" of little children are perhaps the occult cry of unhappiness uttered by the misunderstood soul.

    Spontaneous Activity in Education Maria Montessori 1911

  • What disgusting question had Alcott asked innocent little Josiah Quincy that caused the boy to answer about the “naughtinesses of other people” putting “together a body for the child”?

    Louisa May Alcott Susan Cheever 2010

  • Old scandals woke up, old naughtinesses rose out of their graves, and danced, and smirked, and gibbered again, like those wicked nuns whom Bertram and Robert le Diable evoke from their sepulchres whilst the bassoon performs a diabolical incantation.

    The Newcomes 2006

  • “Professor” George Edwin Mott patted her hand paternally as they considered the naughtinesses of Cy Bogart, she quivered, and reflected how superior she was to have kept her virginity.

    Main Street 2004

  • Oh dear! you shouldn't grudge me my little naughtinesses.

    Can You Forgive Her? 1993

  • That's why she basically favored Wallis, in spite of her occasional naughtinesses.

    There Will Be Time Anderson, Poul, 1926-2001 1972

  • Many small naughtinesses simply come from tired nerves and weariness of mind and body.

    Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913 A Monthly Magazine of Household Interest Various

  • "We forget a good deal about our children's naughtinesses when they are grown up," she said.

    Wild Wings A Romance of Youth Margaret Rebecca Piper


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