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See definition of surliness on Dictionary.com
  • as inirascibility
  • as inirascibleness
  • as inshort fuse
  • as intemper
  • as intetchiness

synonyms for surliness

  • acerbity
  • anger
  • annoyance
  • crossness
  • dander
  • excitability
  • fit
  • fretfulness
  • furor
  • fury
  • heat
  • huffiness
  • impatience
  • ire
  • irritability
  • irritation
  • miff
  • outburst
  • passion
  • peevishness
  • petulance
  • pugnacity
  • rage
  • resentment
  • sensitivity
  • snit
  • sourness
  • spleen
  • stew
  • sullenness
  • tantrum
  • tartness
  • tear
  • temperament
  • tetchiness
  • tiff
  • tizzy
  • touchiness
  • wax
  • bad humor
  • cantankerousness
  • grouchiness
  • hotheadedness
  • ill humor
  • irascibleness
  • low boiling point
  • short fuse
  • slow burn

antonyms for surliness

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  • calm
  • calmness
  • contentment
  • control
  • ease
  • enjoyment
  • happiness
  • harmony
  • joy
  • peace
  • pleasure
      • calm
      • calmness
      • contentment
      • happiness
      • peace
      • upset
      • wrath
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      How to use surliness in a sentence

      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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      It was in a state of half imbecility; the most wonderful characteristic being, that all its self-will, its surliness had gone.
      EAST LYNNEMRS. HENRY WOOD
      Turk was usually restless; Grim slept away his life in surliness.
      BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 57, NO. 354, APRIL 1845VARIOUS
      Accustomed to these spells of moodiness, his wife made no attempt to rouse him, knowing it would only increase his surliness.
      THE LONG DIM TRAILFORRESTINE C. HOOKER
      Here is a note of more human character interspersed with Borrow's diatribes upon the surliness of the Scots.
      GEORGE BORROW AND HIS CIRCLECLEMENT KING SHORTER
      In confinement these rats are not engaging pets; they show a considerable amount of surliness and ferocity.
      NATURAL HISTORY OF THE MAMMALIA OF INDIA AND CEYLONROBERT A. STERNDALE
      William A. Brady once was served at dinner by a waitress whose surliness astonished him.
      THE FOOTLIGHTS FORE AND AFTCHANNING POLLOCK
      "That's best known to myself," the stranger returned, with a surliness in his tone that he had not exhibited before.
      THE CHILDERBRIDGE MYSTERYGUY BOOTHBY
      Once on a day early in December, the colonel, as if to spite his customary surliness, appeared at dinner in high feather.
      THE SONG OF SONGSHERMANN SUDERMANN
      The surliness left his face, his figure straightened from the lurching walk, and he even looked a shade cleaner.
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