from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Perversity; peevishness; asperity; moroseness; bitterness; sourness; harshness of temper or character.
- noun Difficulty; perplexity; unintelligibility.
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- noun The state or quality of being
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- noun a disposition to be ill-tempered
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If such voluntary tasks, pleasure and delight, or crabbedness of these studies, will not yet divert their idle thoughts, and alienate their imaginations, they must be compelled, saith Christophorus a
And thus ended what, little as they knew it, was to be the last of their many confidential talks on the subject of Richard, his frowardness and crabbedness, his innate inability to fit himself to life.
American sense, as indicating a blend of currishness and crabbedness.
Accustomed to a written character, their eyes became wearied by the crabbedness and formality of type.
The reader however cannot help wishing that he had taken some means to diminish the crabbedness of his style.
At least it was tenderness in her: in another person her voice and manner might have been taken for crabbedness and impatience.
It was yankee crabbedness that gave Homer his grip on the idea he had in mind.
Mr. James Jennings has favoured us with a copy of his _Ornithologia; or the Birds_, a poem; with copious _Notes; _ &c. The latter portion is to us the most interesting, especially as it contains an immense body of valuable research into the history and economy of birds, in a pleasant, piquant, anecdotical style, without any of the quaintness or crabbedness of scientific technicality.
He wrongly interprets _natural_ self-defense as a sign of habitual crabbedness.
A freedom, both from girlish frivolities, and old-maidish crabbedness and prudery.