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Definition of "fretfulness" [fretfulness]

  • The quality of being fretful (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "fretfulness" in a sentence
  • "A good man may be in want, but then he quiets himself, and strives to make himself easy; but these people when they shall be hungry shall fret themselves, and when they have nothing to feed on their vexation shall prey upon their own spirits; for fretfulness is a sin that is its own punishment."
  • "It might be that her fretfulness was the effect of an uneasiness of mind, which was more hopeful than her previous fierce self-satisfaction, and that her aberrations were the last efforts of old evil habits to re-establish their grasp by custom, when her heart was becoming detached from them."
  • "It cannot, however, be denied -- particularly in respect to nervous children -- that teething appears occasionally to induce unpleasant disturbances, such as fretfulness, broken sleep, digestive disorders, and occasionally fever; as a rule such symptoms persist only for a few days, if the infant be properly looked after."