• WordNet 3.6
    • n cussedness meanspirited disagreeable contrariness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cussedness cŭs"ĕd*nĕs Disposition to willful wrongdoing; malignity; perversity; cantankerousness; obstinacy. "In her opinion it was all pure “ cussedness .”""Disputatiousness and perversity (what the Americans call “ cussedness ”)."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cussedness Cursedness; perverseness; cantankerousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cussedness contrariness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cussed,for cursed,) + -ness,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Obviously Curse; prob. in the personal sense with a supposed reference to Customer.


In literature:

Sheer cussedness, I suppose.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
Is it defects of administration, or a certain "cussedness" in the Scotch character, which resents any tightening of law?
"The War on All Fronts: England's Effort" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
For pure cussedness the knight has no equal, and when you chase him out of one hole he skips into another.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
A shivery, shaky old lump of clay streaked with cussedness, that's all I am!
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Un-Married Cussedness of the Roman Priest-Craft.
"Thirty Years In Hell" by Bernard Fresenborg
Well, that's only another example of the average human's cussedness.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
As a consequence of his cussedness, we missed the morning boat train to Flushing, and had to spend the day in that charming city.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Reckoned that Bud was up to some cussedness off somewhere, and that he wouldn't answer for any two-bits.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
It takes all the bad diseases out of you and a good deal of the cussedness.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
I would jest have beat ye a bit fer yer cussedness, then mebbe after a while I'd fergive ye.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
A little downright cussedness helps to clear the air occasionally; but cussed is the one thing Ramsdell isn't.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Sometimes it's sciatica, more often a punk digestion, and seldom pure cussedness.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
You know that to most people 'cussedness' is the governing factor of life.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 28, 1914" by Various
It's sheer cussedness on my part, and I'm an ill-conditioned cur to say a word.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
She don't look the Injun, I know; but its the cussedness that makes me know she's Injun.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
In her opinion it was all pure 'cussedness.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Besides, we do not believe he is responsible for the cussedness of his newspaper.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
You wouldn't if I dared to tell you all of Jim's cussedness, but some things I'm sworn to secrecy on.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I do it because I think you-all haven't any reason but pure cussedness for puttin' me in.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
They appear to be possessed of a spirit of 'pure cussedness.
"Life in Dixie during the War" by Mary A. H. Gay