crookedness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crookedness the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
    • n crookedness having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
    • n crookedness a tortuous and twisted shape or position "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs","the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crookedness The condition or quality of being crooked; hence, deformity of body or of mind; deviation from moral rectitude; perverseness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crookedness A winding, bending, or turning; curvature; inflection.
    • n crookedness Want of rectitude; dishonesty; perverseness; obliquity of conduct.
    • n crookedness Physical deformity.
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Usage

In literature:

But Ditson was watched like a hawk by the boy from Virginia, for Jack felt sure the fellow was up to crookedness.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
And no official or unofficial crookedness can wipe it out.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Like many of the houses in this ancient town, its crookedness was such that it seemed impossible for it to remain standing much longer.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
From the foundations to the topmost brick it was a mass of bewildering crookedness.
"The Crooked House" by Brandon Fleming
Fer all his crookedness, he's a bether man thin th' boss, an' he'll not be layin' that lickin' up ag'in yez.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
It's my own grandfather that I'm ashamed of for his crookedness!
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
He shrank from believing his mother untrue, yet where else could the crookedness come in?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
They are remarkable for the shortness of their legs, and the crookedness of their forelegs, like an elbow.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
If there was a taint of crookedness anywhere, that would be on the other side.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Is life full of naught but crookedness and devious windings and turnings?
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
It couldn't be crookeder or worse.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
He feels that he's responsible for everything; and it hurts him to see so much crookedness in the world.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Surely I have heard that this craven crookedness is the object of our national detestation.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
There's been some crookedness about, no doubt of it; but, law bless you!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The investigation of Grandall's crookedness, at home, was taken up by the Grand Jury.
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden
Crookedness, by Swinging and hanging upon the Arms.
"Medicina Flagellata" by Anonymous
I seen too much crookedness and I have seen that it don't pay.
"Living Up to Billy" by Elizabeth Cooper
She had suspected that range-rider of crookedness.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
In the wider sense who was crookeder, whose life more devious?
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
It involves a number of men, clever in crookedness, and perhaps women.
"The Yazoo Mystery" by Irving Craddock
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In poetry:

My song has a crooked spine.
Should I break a bone
as I straighten it? Or birth its crookedness in
the dark where loneliness hides?
"Dark Where Loneliness Hides" by Tatamkhulu Afrika

In news:

Try solving this word challenge without any bamboozling, cheating, flimflam, conniving trickery, antics, or crookedness.
Tough-talking, with the dregs of a virtuous heart curdled by the world's bleak crookedness, the hard-boiled private eye emerged in the 1920s in an obscure magazine, The Black Mask.
Considering he got two other schools (U Mass and Memphis) to Final Fours and then had them vacated by the NCAA for his "crookedness".
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In science:

It follows from Theorem B that none of the following are finite-type invariants: crossing number, unknotting number, bridge number, tunnel number, braid index, genus, free genus, Seifert genus, stick number, and crookedness.
On knot invariants which are not of finite type
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