crookedness


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crook·ed

 (kro͝ok′ĭd)
adj.
1. Having or marked by bends, curves, or angles.
2. At an irregular or improper angle; askew: Your necktie is crooked.
3. Informal Dishonest or unscrupulous; fraudulent.

crook′ed·ly adv.
crook′ed·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crookedness - a tortuous and twisted shape or positioncrookedness - a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
distorted shape, distortion - a shape resulting from distortion
2.crookedness - having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
straightness - freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
3.crookedness - the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest

crookedness

noun
1. Lack of smoothness or regularity:
2. Informal. Departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct:
Translations
إعْوِجاج، عَدَم إستِقامـه
křivost
luskethedskævheduhæderlighed
elvetemültséggörbülés
óheiîarleiki
nepoctivosťpokrivenosť
hilekârlıksahtekârlık

crookedness

[ˈkrʊkɪdnɪs] N
1. (lit) → sinuosidad f
2. (fig) → criminalidad f

crookedness

[ˈkrʊkɪdnɪs] n (deformity) → deformità f inv; (dishonesty) → disonestà

crook

(kruk) noun
1. a (shepherd's or bishop's) stick, bent at the end.
2. a criminal. The two crooks stole the old woman's jewels.
3. the inside of the bend (of one's arm at the elbow). She held the puppy in the crook of her arm.
verb
to bend (especially one's finger) into the shape of a hook. She crooked her finger to beckon him.
ˈcrooked (-kid) adjective
1. badly shaped. a crooked little man.
2. not straight. That picture is crooked (= not horizontal).
3. dishonest. a crooked dealer.
ˈcrookedly (-kid-) adverb
ˈcrookedness (-kid-) noun
References in classic literature ?
These rafts were of a shape and construction to suit the crookedness and extreme narrowness of the Neckar.
Medlock had said his father's back had begun to show its crookedness in that way when he was a child.
Thus also, those ancient cities which, from being at first only villages, have become, in course of time, large towns, are usually but ill laid out compared with the regularity constructed towns which a professional architect has freely planned on an open plain; so that although the several buildings of the former may often equal or surpass in beauty those of the latter, yet when one observes their indiscriminate juxtaposition, there a large one and here a small, and the consequent crookedness and irregularity of the streets, one is disposed to allege that chance rather than any human will guided by reason must have led to such an arrangement.
so my conscience hangs in me!" he groans, "straight upward, so it burns; but the chambers of my soul are all in crookedness!" Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
Did he not think thc crookedness of their carpet patterns a blemish?
They were too prone to crookedness. Bonds were better than men's word in this modern world, and one had to look carefully to the bonds.
All might have gone well even yet, only that, by ins and outs and crookedness of laws, I was shorn like a sheep that is clipped to the quick.
Staggering after Magdalen, with the basket of keys in one hand and the candle in the other, old Mazey sorrowfully compared her figure with the straightness of the poplar, and her disposition with the crookedness of Sin, all the way across "Freeze-your-Bones," and all the way upstairs to her own door.
To be sure, crookedness and desperation for quick wealth acquisition were not this common in the past when the quality of human person and the respect accorded everyone had no bearing on their material well-being but was based essentially on their high degree of moral uprightness and verified willingness and ability to live for others.
It's as if the Supreme Court never voted 14-0 to end their crookedness.
The moment you hear national security therein lies crookedness,' he added
If this admin haven't fixed what crookedness existed in the first two years when they arrived, you really expect us to play the blame game by this point?"