Definitions

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  • noun The property of being thorny (of having thorns or metaphorically being difficult).

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

  • noun the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
  • noun a rough and bitter manner

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Examples

  • Perhaps it is the Grand Guignol of the plot; perhaps it is the thorniness of the language.

    The Duchess of Malfi

  • Characteristics such as size, pulp color and flavor, peel thickness and thorniness are taken into consideration, whether cultivation takes place in the wild or elsewhere.

    Culinary travel in the Mixteca Poblana: The avocado route

  • Characteristics such as size, pulp color and flavor, peel thickness and thorniness are taken into consideration, whether cultivation takes place in the wild or elsewhere.

    Culinary travel in the Mixteca Poblana: The avocado route

  • Perhaps it is the Grand Guignol of the plot; perhaps it is the thorniness of the language.

    The Duchess of Malfi

  • For my part, the thorniness of the term "experimental" comes when it's used in an attempt to define a class of novels or novelists.

    “Experimental writing”

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

  • This thorniness was why he feared talking to her about this subject or any other that she had quarantined.

    A Happy Marriage

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