Churlishness

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Churlishness Rudeness of manners or temper; lack of kindness or courtesy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n churlishness The quality of being churlish; rudeness of manners or temper; surliness; indisposition to kindness or courtesy; niggardliness.
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Usage

In literature:

No, no; change churlish dreams and braving trumpets to mellifluous flutes.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
Unhappily for the cultivator, these gracious conformations belonged to a harsh and churlish soil.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)" by John Morley
Even Grant, whose friendly advance had been met with churlish spleen, commended Hooker.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
How churlishly I chid Lucetta hence, 60 When willingly I would have had her here!
"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare
It would have been churlish to refuse, so I put my own hand in his just for a moment.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Not that they are unacquainted with her, or in any way wishing to be churlish.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
It does make for a sort of crude and churlish righteousness.
"Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett
Think me not churlish, Sweet, I am not well.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
It would have been churlish of them, afterward, to refuse to sign my bulletin.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
If he loves, as is the fashion, Should I churlishly forsake him?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Churlishness, figure of, Amiens Cathedral, 118. iv.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
But there was no need for such churlish virtue.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Rene Cardillac received me coldly and churlishly.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Come, I have paid for it dearly; be not so churlish.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Three sons whom churlishness bears to impatience: trembling, niggardliness, vociferation.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
The Pine Tree was getting very churlish and cross lately.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
I was as churlish as a hangman cheated of his client.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
The Girl's ire rose at his churlishness.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Mayhap I shall then meet with a less churlish welcome.
"The Plowshare and the Sword" by Ernest George Henham
She had no wish to be churlish, she understood how deeply her companion longed for the paved roadways and the streets.
"The Turnstile" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
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In poetry:

Nay! It were churlish to review
And specify by marked attention
Our bedbooks. They are far too nu-
Merous to mention.
""Bedbooks"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Reluctantly I bade them go,
Ungladdened by my poet-mite;
My heart is not so churlish but
Its loves to minister delight.
"Mother Mind" by Julia Ward Howe
That churlish season never frown’d
On early lovers yet:
O no—the world was newly crown’d
With flowers when first we met!
"Time of Roses" by Thomas Hood
Alas, alas! my very heart will break,
Quoth she, to hear this churlish bird thus speak
Of Love, and of his holy services;
Now, God of Love; thou help me in some wise,
That vengeance on this Cuckoo I may wreak.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
What! quoth she, thou art all out of thy mind,
That in thy churlishness a cause canst find
To speak of Love's true Servants in this mood;
For in this world no service is so good
To every wight that gentle is of kind.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
That his great hand, so oft the avenger of the oppressed,
Should this chill churlish night, perchance, be paralysed by frost —
While through some icicle-hung thicket — as one lorn and lost —
He walks and wanders without rest.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

It would be churlish not to.
Steven Day and Spencer McHugh, the duo leading Everything Everywhere's rebrand to EE, explain why they are introducing a new brand, its launch strategy and why rivals are being " churlish " about getting beaten to the punch on 4G.
Charming, churlish and a little tone deaf.
A Lost iPhone Shows Apple's Churlish Side.
Mark O'Donnell's acid-tinged Christmas novel Let Nothing You Dismay becomes rather dense in its pileups of literary allusion and wordplay, but it seems churlish to complain that a book is too witty.
To discover a want of courage in the genius who has supervised his career would be churlish.
If you're the kind of person who reads this blog, you're probably already familiar with the churlish Republican practice of refusing to call the Democratic Party by its true name.
Steven Day and Spencer McHugh, the duo leading Everything Everywhere's rebrand to EE, explain why they are introducing a new brand, its launch strategy and why rivals are being "churlish" about getting beaten to the punch on 4G.
A churlish title, perhaps—but these days it's hard not to agree with Michael Pollan that all eating is a political act.
But this looks a lot less miraculous once you put it under a microscope—and pretty soon it won't just be churlish lefties pointing this out.
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In science:

It would be churlish to try and discriminate between all these efforts; the help was generously given and is much appreciated. I would like to thank my colleague Gene Fisk for critically reading the manuscript.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
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