from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Ill temper; crabbedness; cantankerousness; snappishness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Peevishness; malignity; frowardness; crabbedness; surliness.
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“Na,” said the man quietly, “it's no religion, it's curstness,” i.e. crabbedness, insinuating that acerbity of temper, as well as zeal, was occasionally the cause of congregations being multiplied.
II. ii.25 (141,3) Nor curstness grow to the matter] Let not _ill-humour_ be added to the real _subject_ of our difference.