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

  Fretful \Fret"ful\, a. [See 2d Fret.]
     Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of
     vexation; as, a fretful temper. -- Fret"ful*ly, adv. --
     Fret"ful*ness, n.
     Syn: Peevish; ill-humored; ill-natured; irritable; waspish;
          captious; petulant; splenetic; spleeny; passionate;
     Usage: Fretful, Peevish, Cross. These words all
            indicate an unamiable working and expression of
            temper. Peevish marks more especially the inward
            spirit: a peevish man is always ready to find fault.
            Fretful points rather to the outward act, and marks a
            complaining impatience: sickly children are apt to be
            fretful. Crossness is peevishness mingled with
            vexation or anger.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an irritable petulant feeling [syn: irritability,
           crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, peevishness,
           petulance, choler]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "fretfulness":
     anxiety, breathless impatience, chafing, disquietude, eagerness,
     excitement, fretting, haste, impatience, impatientness,
     impetuousness, lather, peevishness, pettishness, petulance,
     petulancy, querulousness, resentfulness, restiveness, restlessness,
     shrewishness, stew, sweat, tense readiness, uneasiness,
     unpatientness, unquietness, vixenishness

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