shrewish

Part of speech: noun

Shrewishness.

Part of speech: adverb

Shrewishly.

Part of speech: adjective

Like a shrew; ill tempered.

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Usage examples "shrewish":

  1. But this instrument of self- protection- which may be called the power of the scold, or the shrewish sanction- has the fatal defect, that it avails most against the least tyrannical superiors, and in favour of the least deserving dependents. - "The Subjection of Women", John Stuart Mill.
  2. Indeed, the connection of the two serious plots in the first part is a rare example of dexterous and happy simplicity in composition: the comic underplot of the patient man and shrewish wife is more loosely attached by a slighter thread of relation to these two main stories, but is so amusing in its light and facile play of inventive merriment and harmless mischief as to need no further excuse. - "The Age of Shakespeare", Algernon Charles Swinburne.
  3. To this second inn Wogan drove, and was welcomed by a shrewish woman whose sour face was warmed for once in a way into something like enthusiasm. - "Clementina", A.E.W. Mason.