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 for crabbedness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crabbed \Crab"bed\ (kr?b"b?d), a. [See Crab,n.]
     1. Characterized by or manifesting, sourness, peevishness, or
        moroseness; harsh; cross; cynical; -- applied to feelings,
        disposition, or manners.
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              Crabbed age and youth can not live together. --Shak.
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     2. Characterized by harshness or roughness; unpleasant; --
        applied to things; as, a crabbed taste.
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     3. Obscure; difficult; perplexing; trying; as, a crabbed
        author. "Crabbed eloquence." --Chaucer.
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              How charming is divine philosophy!
              Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose.
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     4. Cramped; irregular; as, crabbed handwriting. --
        Crab"bed*ly, adv. -- Crab"bed*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a disposition to be ill-tempered [syn: crabbiness,
           crabbedness, crossness]

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