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Related to shrewishness: undeterred, stirred up, overhyped


Ill-tempered; nagging.

shrew′ish·ly adv.
shrew′ish·ness n.
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Noun1.shrewishness - a nature given to nagging or scolding
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition


nBoshaftigkeit f, → Giftigkeit f
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The weather had broken, and the sharp wind was almost autumnal in its shrewishness.
Bywords for shrewishness, the women of Billingsgate market were notorious for abusing each other, and their penchant for graphic, profane insult seems to have given rise to formal scolding contests.
To prove this point, Bailey returns to her incisive use of definitions by reminding us that shrewishness was, in this period, a non-gendered form of class conflict: a shrew was a social outcast or newcomer of either gender, and, more importantly for Bailey, someone who challenged authority (76).
In contrast to Kate's being forced to perform a gender role stipulated by social hierarchy and turning away from her inborn shrewishness, we are made to believe that Kat always only performs the shrew against her natural tendencies, such as rebelling against the expectations of femininity that have been placed upon her.