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Furthermore, Housebound is serious about the ways in which its surly anti-heroine is subtly undermined by most of the people around her and even her situation itself.

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The 59-year-old prime minister has a Nixonian reputation for surliness and bullying.

It was in a state of half imbecility; the most wonderful characteristic being, that all its self-will, its surliness had gone.

Turk was usually restless; Grim slept away his life in surliness.

Accustomed to these spells of moodiness, his wife made no attempt to rouse him, knowing it would only increase his surliness.

Here is a note of more human character interspersed with Borrow's diatribes upon the surliness of the Scots.

In confinement these rats are not engaging pets; they show a considerable amount of surliness and ferocity.


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On this page you'll find 265 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to surliness, such as: acerbity, anger, annoyance, crossness, dander, and excitability.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.