• WordNet 3.6
    • n crabbedness a disposition to be ill-tempered
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crabbedness Perversity; peevishness; asperity; moroseness; bitterness; sourness; harshness of temper or character.
    • n crabbedness Difficulty; perplexity; unintelligibility.
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In literature:

This makes the difference between the laughing innocence of childhood, the pleasantness of youth, and the crabbedness of age.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
Out of its crabbedness and spitefulness come the finest, choicest flavors.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
Accustomed to a written character, their eyes became wearied by the crabbedness and formality of type.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV." by Various
At least it was tenderness in her: in another person her voice and manner might have been taken for crabbedness and impatience.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
There was heart, then, under all his crabbedness.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
It was yankee crabbedness that gave Homer his grip on the idea he had in mind.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Don't you perceive that those old-fashioned Crabbednesses are disgustful?
"Observations on the Florid Song" by Pier Francesco Tosi
Clerkis feign also there is no malice Like unto woman's wicked crabbedness.
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
It was this latent crabbedness that had kept the injustice of his lot ever before his gaze.
"The Abbess Of Vlaye" by Stanley J. Weyman