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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.
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|Noun||1.||thorniness - the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines|
|2.||thorniness - a rough and bitter manner |
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition