crotchetiness :

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  • n  a fussy and eccentric disposition

  • But as Poland's deep economic difficulties and bitter church-state conflict showed no signs of solution, his natural crotchetiness and distrust of "liberals" reasserted itself.
  • Stevens, known for his combustible temper, lost by three votes, and in a display of characteristic crotchetiness, immediately threatened to renew his challenge to Dole in two .
  • It is one of the merits of Novelist Brooks that he can disengage the social absurdities and crotchetiness of the passing generation from the admirable character that lies underneath.

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