Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being wayward; frowardness; perverseness.

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  • noun the quality of being wayward

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Examples

  • At the slightest indication of 'waywardness', one of those nagging mothers wil begin applying constant verbal nit-picking and 'withholding love' and judgmental pressure.

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  • I think I have a much higher tolerance than Hollinghurst for this kind of waywardness in point-of-view.

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  • I think I have a much higher tolerance than Hollinghurst for this kind of waywardness in point-of-view.

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  • Poverty, lack of care and training during adolescence, overcrowded housing conditions which accompany large families are universally recognized causes of "waywardness" in girls.

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  • There is an inevitable loss of that fine waywardness which is sometimes the result of untrained effort, but there is the general gain of order, and the full production which results of art.

    Fielding

  • There is an inevitable loss of that fine waywardness which is sometimes the result of untrained effort, but there is the general gain of order, and the full production which results of art.

    Fielding

  • There is an inevitable loss of that fine waywardness which is sometimes the result of untrained effort, but there is the general gain of order, and the full production which results of art.

    Fielding

  • There is an inevitable loss of that fine waywardness which is sometimes the result of untrained effort, but there is the general gain of order, and the full production which results of art.

    Fielding

  • There was a turn of Savage about Tom though without his blackguardism -- a kind of waywardness of mind and irritability that must have made a man of his genius truly unhappy.

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  • Acts 2, while in the context of his "proclaiming repentance," notice that he clearly reminds his audience of their "waywardness"; and after using the Law to convict them Peter then shares the

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