Definitions

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  • noun the state of being ornery

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

  • noun meanspirited disagreeable contrariness

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Examples

  • Compounding my orneriness was the undeniable fact that my parents stayed married for twenty-four years, probably about four too many.

    Good-Enough Mother

  • Compounding my orneriness was the undeniable fact that my parents stayed married for twenty-four years, probably about four too many.

    Good-Enough Mother

  • It requires some new kind of orneriness to take Che's famous image

    New York Press

  • We're seen as waving the battle flag in front of the African-American population out of orneriness, race and hate, James says.

    Confederate group fights for state specialty plates

  • We're seen as waving the battle flag in front of the African-American population out of orneriness, race and hate, James says.

    Confederate group fights for state specialty plates

  • Whether due to fatigue, pressure, or sheer orneriness, Schwarzkopf erred repeatedly on issues of primary importance, a tendency that became especially evident as Operation Desert Storm wound down.

    Between War and Peace

  • The union is saved partly thanks to the intervention of Père Jules Michel Simon, unforgettable, an impish old salt whose eccentricity and orneriness are matched only by his compassion and wisdom.

    Brief Glimpse of Brilliance From an Abbreviated Life

  • Whether due to fatigue, pressure, or sheer orneriness, Schwarzkopf erred repeatedly on issues of primary importance, a tendency that became especially evident as Operation Desert Storm wound down.

    Between War and Peace

  • My Granny Gallaway fought pancreatic cancer, too, and lasted a year past her prognosis out of sheer orneriness.

    funeral food | Homesick Texan

  • In "Tom and Jack" 2009 by Henry Adams profiles the fascinating relationship between Pollock and his teacher, the American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, whose novel theories of composition and sheer orneriness provided models for both Pollock's art and public persona.

    A Painter in Her Own Right

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