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n.1.The quality or state of being termagant; turbulence; tumultuousness; as, a violent termagancy of temper.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Simms allows Clifford to tell the tale objectively without much commentary about the quality of life he had, though Clifford details the moral shortcomings, or "the blind heart," of his foster parents: peculation, embezzlement leading to bankruptcy in business, raving termagancy at home, social-climbing evidenced by the attempt to force their daughter Julia to marry a rising family friend, and the headstrong pursuit of legal cases that could only bring about their ruin.