snappishness


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snap·pish

 (snăp′ĭsh)
adj.
1. Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
2. Irritable and curt: a snappish tone of voice; a snappish debating partner.

snap′pish·ly adv.
snap′pish·ness n.
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snappishness

(ˈsnæpɪʃnɪs)
n
the quality of being sharp or irritable
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snappishness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled angersnappishness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
querulousness - the quality of being given to complaining
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Translations

snappishness

[ˈsnæpɪʃnɪs] N [of person] → irritabilidad f; [of reply] → brusquedad f, sequedad f
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snappishness

n (lit, fig)Bissigkeit f
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Many of Fingal's quibbles--such as asking D'Agata for notes on a guided bus tour he took as a college student in 1994, or insisting that the mountains southeast of Vegas look 'brownish' to him, rather than 'black' as D'Agata described them--are so over-the-top that the writer's snappishness becomes understandable." LAURA MILLER
Manliness is driven by what the Greeks called thumos, a quality of soul that in Plato is often translated as "spirit," but which Mansfield more graphically characterizes as "the bristling snappishness of a dog" in defense of "itself, its master, and its turf." "As a dog defends its master, so the doggish part of the human soul defends the human ends higher than itself"; that is, thumos defends, and thus asserts the value of, reason.