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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Contrariety; opposition; antagonism.
  • noun Perverseness; habitual obstinacy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun state or quality of being contrary; opposition; inconsistency; contrariety; perverseness; obstinacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being contrary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
  • noun a fussy and eccentric disposition

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