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  • adv. In a quarrelsome manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a quarrelsome manner; with a quarrelsome temper; petulantly.


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  • Writing: "Cold Futures" -- I'm not sure if the hero and villain will live happily (if quarrelsomely) ever after, or it's just a one night stand.

    May 6th, 2007

  • "We must pull together as Zimbabweans with a total commitment to the progress and prosperity of all our people or else we shall sink and collapse quarrelsomely and separately," he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A squirrel frisked up an oak and barked quarrelsomely at these strange, noiseless visitors.

    The Last Trail

  • ARJILLAX [_quarrelsomely_] I was taken in by your talk.

    Back to Methuselah

  • ARJILLAX [_to Ecrasia, quarrelsomely_] What do you know about it?

    Back to Methuselah

  • Richard, in his shirtsleeves, looks at him half quarrelsomely for a moment; then, with a nod, acknowledges that the minister has got the better of him, and sits down on the seat.

    The Devil's Disciple

  • By midnight everybody was fagged out, and sore with laughing; and, as a rule, drunk: some weepingly, some affectionately, some hilariously, some quarrelsomely, some dead and under the table.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • I discovered that Piazza San Marco is every morning swept by troops of ragged facchini, who gossip noisily and quarrelsomely together over their work.

    Venetian Life

  • But, in despite of this, he was apt to be rather captious and quarrelsomely disposed toward the Yorkshireman; and I doubt if John's little stupidities and weaknesses were, on the whole, very displeasing to him.

    Aurora Floyd. A Novel

  • I believe that our negligence and our not doing what could be done -- not cruelly nor quarrelsomely, but in peace and benignity -- (always punishing a man who has done wrong, not in proportion to his deserts, for he could not endure what he deserves, but in proportion to what the sick man is in a condition to bear) -- are, perhaps, the reason why such disaster and loss and irreverence toward Holy Church and her ministers has befallen.

    Letters of Catherine Benincasa

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