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

  Cantankerous \Can*tan"ker*ous\, a.
     Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious. [Colloq.] --
     Can*tan"ker*ous*ly, adv. -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]
           The cantankerous old maiden aunt.        --Thackeray.
     [1913 Webster] Cantar

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate;
             "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about
             demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator [syn:
             bloody-minded, cantankerous]
      2: having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous
         and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers [syn:
         cantankerous, crotchety, ornery]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "cantankerous":
     bad-tempered, bearish, bilious, bitchy, cankered, choleric,
     churlish, contrary, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross-grained,
     crotchety, crusty, cussed, difficult, disagreeable, dour,
     dyspeptic, excitable, feisty, fractious, froward, grouchy, grumpy,
     huffish, huffy, ill-conditioned, ill-natured, ill-tempered,
     irascible, irritable, liverish, mean, morose, ornery, peevish,
     perverse, petulant, prickly, quarrelsome, snappish, sour, spiteful,
     spleeny, splenetic, stuffy, sulky, sullen, surly, testy, tetchy,
     touchy, ugly, vinegarish, vinegary, waspish, wayward,

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