Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Cursedness; perverseness; cantankerousness.
- n. dated The state or quality of being cussed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang or Colloq., U. S. Disposition to willful wrongdoing; malignity; perversity; cantankerousness; obstinacy.
- n. meanspirited disagreeable contrariness
“Is it defects of administration, or a certain "cussedness" in the Scotch character, which resents any tightening of law?”
“The oppersite party is strong in cussedness; on our side, we know we're right, an 'we've made up our minds to die right on the spot, but never to yield.”
“Anton considers the death of Hackenschmidt to have been an act of 'cussedness' -- the result of a determination to do no work for the Expedition!!”
“Fashion is the parent of both -- "cussedness" and consumption.”
“_ This appears a startling statement and a sweeping; but, as a matter of fact, the Eastern girl is not left, like her Western sister, to flirt and frivol into middle age in single "cussedness," but almost invariably becomes a respectable married lady at ten or twelve, and drapes her lovely, but not over clean, head in the mantle of old sacking, which it is _de rigueur_ for matrons to adopt.”
“Miss Tempest, with a woman's daring, and the true spirit of "cussedness," took every risk, and, though even the enthusiastic and misinformed London papers have been obliged to avoid pet allusions to the "furore created in America" by the unfortunate”
“This effect, rather subtle in itself, might be called the psychological factor of the situation, for there is not the slightest doubt that it produced a kind of cussedness in everyone, from the highest to the lowest, and sapped energy and made changes unwelcome.”
“The nutcrackers can scarcely be numbered among the common birds, but are sometimes seen in our hill stations, and, such is the "cussedness" of birds that if I omit to notice the nutcrackers several are certain to show themselves to many of those who read these lines.”
“Bill Thomson, whose reputation for pure, unadulterated "cussedness" was notorious in this semi-barbarous section, was his overseer and most intimate friend.”
“He had a supreme contempt for money, but he spoiled the best sides of his strange, eccentric character by enjoying a display of its worst facets with a "cussedness" as amusing as it was sometimes unpleasant.”
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