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Currish   Listen
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Currish  adj.  Having the qualities, or exhibiting the characteristics, of a cur; snarling; quarrelsome; snappish; churlish; hence, also malicious; malignant; brutal. "Thy currish spirit Governed a wolf." "Some currish plot, some trick."






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"Currish" Quotes from Famous Books



... he cried with flashing eyes. "You think that I am made of the same currish clay as yourself, and because I am in your power, and you intend to have me wantonly murdered, that I will accept any means of saving my life! But you are wrong! The British are not my enemies, if they are yours. ...
— Under the Rebel's Reign • Charles Neufeld

... should behold, Were thy streams silver, or thy rocks all gold. Rocky thou art, and rocky we discover Thy men, and rocky are thy ways all over. O men, O manners, now and ever known To be a rocky generation! A people currish, churlish as the seas, And rude almost as rudest savages, With whom I did, and may re-sojourn when Rocks turn to ...
— The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2 • Robert Herrick

... suffered from having too many friends, for not only did Burleigh patronize him, but Essex must needs do the same. No man can serve two masters, and though to be the victim of the rival ambitions of greater men than yourself is no uncommon fate, it is a currish one. Bodley determined to escape it, and to make for himself after a very different fashion ...
— In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays • Augustine Birrell

... Adorn'd with elegance, that easy flow Of ready wit, which never made a foe; That face, that form, that dignity, that ease, Those powers of pleasing, with that will to please, By which Lepel,[308] when in her youthful days, E'en from the currish Pope extorted praise, We see, transmitted, in her daughter shine, And view a new Lepel in Caroline.[309] 610 Is a son born into this world of woe? In never-ceasing streams let sorrow flow; Be from that hour the house with sables hung, Let lamentations dwell upon thy tongue; E'en from ...
— Poetical Works • Charles Churchill

... cordiality of the sport. The very opposite reason disturbs the interest of lion-hunting, especially at the Cape. The lion is everywhere a cowardly wretch, unless when sublimed into courage by famine; but, in southern Africa, he is the most currish of enemies. Those who fancied so much adventurousness in the lion conflicts of Mr. Gordon Cumming appear never to have read the missionary travels of Mr. Moffat. The poor missionary, without any arms whatever, came to ...
— Memorials and Other Papers • Thomas de Quincey

... self-command than his brother, perhaps than his uncle, whose exclamations became bitter and angry as he heard of the treatment the boys had experienced from their half-brother, who, as he said, he had always known as a currish mean-spirited churl, but scarce such ...
— The Armourer's Prentices • Charlotte Mary Yonge



Words linked to "Currish" :   ill-natured, ignoble



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