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  • n. the quality of being wayward

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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  • 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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  • 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.


  • 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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  • He told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose viewers vote in primaries and may look particularly askance at sexual waywardness, that he had "felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness" for his behavior.

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  • As a Transformers fan and moviegoer with some amount of taste, I was offended by all the waywardness and sidestepping in this movie.! » Another TRANSFORMERS Fan Has FALLEN! Tofu Wants REVENGE After Seeing Michael Bay’s Depraved Sequel!

  • No wifely sedateness in this other, nor calm strength of control; but rather the waywardness of mutable desires, rough-shod imperiousness and strange moods.


  • His reflective, improvisatory approach to Chopin's poetry, however, can lead to moments of waywardness: the Nocturne in F Op 15 No 1 curiously lacked shape.

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