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