querulousness


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He had been struck these days by a feminine querulousness that their peaceful intermittent evenings together in Boston did not reveal.
(Lear delivers his opening partition of the realm before TV cameras until his querulousness gets the better of him and the plug, quite literally, is pulled.) Cast out onto the heath, the floral-crowned, fallen monarch enters into a timeless physical landscape, accompanied by a Gloucester whose earlier loss of his eyes found him seated alone on stage, his head encased in a lampshade, like some absurdist figure out of Magritte.
His public reputation took a hit when he censoriously warned that people like TV talk show host Bill Maher "need to watch what they say." Privately, many reporters are even more irritated by his querulousness and the stinginess with which he doles out information.
Once again, good food, exceptional wine and charming music soothed our savage breasts--although there was enough confusion and residual querulousness that Nanny was tested to the limit.
Barbauld's introduction to Smith's The Old Manor House in The British Novelists (1810) indicates that Barbauld conflates Smith's insistence on her sincerity with her tone of complaint: "her later publications would have been more pleasing, if the author, in the exertions of fancy, could have forgotten herself; but the asperity of invective and the querulousness of complaint too frequently cloud the happier exertions of her imagination" (The British Novelists; with an Essay and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, vol.
But a propensity to do so, especially with an erratic political compass, is often a sign of querulousness and self-indulgence, jealousy and pique.
Given that we would like to prove our case, we seem to be compelled to participate in a system of criticism in which "querulousness" is inevitable.
manifests itself in a thousand ways; in querulousness,
Suddenly on the answering machine we hear the fragile voice of Leo's aged mother--whose constant querulousness had been shown in an earlier scene --begging to leave Madrid.
A bored querulousness threatens the collective mind.
Dewey wrote that it manifests itself "in querulousness, in impotent drifting, in uneasy snatching at distractions, in idealization of the long established, in a facile optimism assumed as a cloak."(7) Concerned about "sloppiness, superficiality, and recourse to sensations as a substitute for ideas," Dewey made the point that "thinking deprived of its normal course takes refuge in academic specialism."(8)
His writing is straightforward and clear, and he disagrees with other commentators without querulousness or hauteur.