thorniness :

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  • n  the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
  • n  a rough and bitter manner

  • Given Ferraro's thorniness, will she and Mondale be able to work together in the days ahead? Mondale aides are hopeful, but admit they do not know for sure.
  • The thorniness of the disposal problem was aptly summed up by one Senate committee aide: "We don't need to do it in my backyard," he said.

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