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  • n. The quality of being froward

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being froward; perverseness; wilfulness; obstinacy; petulance; peevishness.


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  • When our father died, he left us some money, which we shared amongst us, and he took his part of the inheritance and wasted it in frowardness and debauchery, till he was reduced to poverty, when he came upon us and cited us before the magistrates, avouching that we had taken his good and that of his father, and we disputed the matter before the judges and lost the money.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Milton's readiness to receive the mother, deemed the chief instigator of her daughter's "frowardness," may have been partly due to the situation of the latter, who gave him a daughter on July 29, 1646.

    Life of John Milton

  • Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • When the besiegers saw that their efforts availed nothing, they sent messengers to Mummolus in secret, saying: Acknowledge thy true lord, and desist even at this late hour from thy frowardness.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » Episodes of Medieval Warfare from the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours

  • “Worthy Sir Knight,” replied the Abbot, “I have no idea that the frowardness of this youth will render any course necessary, saving that of persuasion; and I venture to say, that you yourself will in the highest degree approve of the method in which I shall acquit myself of my present trust.”

    Castle Dangerous

  • For so, learning his frowardness first from himself, we will consider whether we shall meet him in battle, or some other plan shall avail us, if we refrain from the war-cry.

    The Argonautica

  • At last, I lost command of myself, for my heart was aflame with fire unquenchable and lowe unconcealable and I said, “O young men, will ye not relieve my trouble and acquaint me with the reason of thus blackening your faces and the meaning of your words: — We were sitting at our ease but our frowardness brought us unease?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The fourth behest, O my son, is Beware of wine-bibbing, for wine is the head of all frowardness and a fine solvent of human wits.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • All this is of his craft and wiliness: wherefore do thou betake thyself to equity and fair dealing and leave frowardness and tyranny; and thou shalt fare all the better for it.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Fisherman said to himself, “This is a Jinni; and I am a man to whom Allah hath given a passably cunning wit, so I will now cast about to com pass his destruction by my contrivance and by mine intelligence; even as he took counsel only of his malice and his frowardness.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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