from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being querulous; disposition to complain, or the habit or practice of murmuring.

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  • noun The quality of being querulous.

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  • noun the quality of being given to complaining


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querulous +‎ -ness


  • I wanted to sound smart in the title of this post so I visited thesaurus. com synonyms for the word "jealousy" and "querulousness" caught my eye.

    Giulia Rozzi: The Word is Querulousness. That's Querulousness

  • Every kind of domestic suffering that is bred in poverty, illness, banishment, sorrow, and long travel in bad weather, was crammed into the little space; and yet was there infinitely less of complaint and querulousness, and infinitely more of mutual assistance and general kindness to be found in that unwholesome ark, than in many brilliant ballrooms.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • The old man from being cold and high, suddenly fell, as it were, into the whimpering querulousness of extreme old age.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Lisbeth was going on, for she was not at all afraid of Seth, and usually poured into his ears all the querulousness which was repressed by her awe of Adam.

    Adam Bede

  • This flow of quotation and hospitality in Wegg indicated his observation of some little querulousness on the part of Venus.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • But I will not trouble the workers with the querulousness of old age.

    The Duke's Children

  • •This postwar (or post-postwar) querulousness is just a blip for the president, and, as so often before, the Bush political and communications experts will make the necessary adjustments (or do the requisite bullying) and, with relative media quiescence, charge on.


  • Princess Mary well knew this mood of quiet absorbed querulousness, which generally culminated in a burst of rage, and she went about all that morning as though facing a cocked and loaded gun and awaited the inevitable explosion.

    War and Peace

  • Hence they are querulous, and not disposed to jesting or laughter-the love of laughter being the very opposite of querulousness.


  • Lope's success, of petulance and querulousness, and so on; and it was in this that the sting lay.

    Don Quixote


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