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surly

(of an animal) ill-tempered or refractory
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Rich with descriptions and atmosphere, the novel takes place in a quiet Pennsylvania town in the "season of surliness," a cold, bleak winter, after the aforementioned series of brutal murders captures the attention of the public.
sector surliness when gently encouraged with phone calls.
When their conversation begins, Mary is at her wit's end, wanting desperately to escape her husband, for, as she reports, "ive born his ill-humour and sorliness ivver sen I wor wed" ["I've borne his ill-humor and surliness ever since I was wed"], and then in a much graver register, "When we wor wed .
WASHINGTON -- Democrats were adjusting grudgingly to their new and reduced role in the Senate on Wednesday, displaying some surliness and a lot of suspicion, saying they would not be silent or passive players in the new Republican-controlled Congress.
Again the suffix -ness (Affix Level 3) can serve as an example in connection with the highly infrequent stem surly for which the majority of the students were not able to produce the correct derivative surliness (word pair 43).
Not even when he telephoned Margo, his daughter and only child, who had moved to France, was he able to struggle free of the toils of his bad mood, so much so that the girl, alarmed by his surliness, one day asked him whether he was ill.
While Carell may deliver the most transformative turn here, it's merely one of three: Tatum delivers what is easily the most emotionally complex performance of his career, exuding rage, surliness and disappointment; and although he's 12 years older than the role calls for, Ruffalo is wonderful as the big-hearted, salt-of-the-earth Dave, always ready (sometimes to a fault) to stand in the gap and defend those he loves.
Today's Americans, used to the indifference or even surliness of many of the salaried government officials with whom we must deal, will understand that "estrangement.
I then tried several weeks of general surliness and prolonged sulking.
Anyone who has travelled regularly within the GCC will have their own horror stories about the length of time they were forced to wait at passport control, and the surliness with which tourists can be greeted by some only adds to the feeling that they are not receiving the warmest welcome.
Raging hormones, tantrums, spots and surliness all combine to make life difficult for mums and dads.