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adj. thorn·i·er, thorn·i·est
1. Having many thorns or abounding in thorn-covered vegetation: thorny shrubs; a thorny landscape.
2. Spiny or prickly.
3. Controversial, problematic, or vexatious: avoided discussing thorny issues during the meeting.

thorn′i·ly adv.
thorn′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thorniness - the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
2.thorniness - a rough and bitter mannerthorniness - a rough and bitter manner    
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
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