V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. crude or rude behavior; 2. the state of being unfriendly and difficult to work with

Synonyms: acerbity, belligerence, irascibility, rancor, surliness, rudeness

Antonyms: civility, kindness, suavity, sweetness

Tips: The related adjective churlish is a derogatory term to describe a rude person, possibly lacking culture or refinement. Think, "sour disposition." The related noun churl refers to a person who behaves in a churlish way.

Usage Examples:

John's churlishness and generally negative demeanor was related to his recent string of bad luck. (acerbity, irascibility, bitterness)

The churlish teen used to be such a pleasure, but now she's always cranky. (surly, acerbic) adjective

That churl is one of the meanest people I ever met. (boor, rude person)

His churlishness caused him to be unwelcome at parties and group gatherings. (belligerence, surliness)

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