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Daemon
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querulous

(adjective) Given to complaining; peevish.

Synonyms: fretful, whiny

Usage: The teacher's patience was wearing thin, but the querulous student nevertheless continued to whine about how much homework she was assigning.
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For querulous Lady-Flowers ... I know not whither I am carried nor whence into this world I came. But why do they remain so cold and aloof? My Princess Mona, fair and sweet-scented are the buds they hide — the tree that from afar seemed black and bare. If you doubt it ...





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Notes:
This adjective supports an adverb, querulously, and a noun, querulousness. Other forms of the noun, such as querulation, querulity, and querulosity have come and gone over the past 300 years and today are considered vagrant oddities. This word looks so much like quarrel, it is difficult not to confuse it with quarrelsome. But please don't; they are as semantically distinct as they are phonetically.

In Play: First of all, you can never be too polite: "Please don't think me querulous but these are my feet you are standing on." For sure, querulousness is generally not involved with politeness: "The querulous ninny criticizes everything his wife does for him when he should thank her for tolerating him." And what could be worse than a querulous quidnunc, who pries into everyone else's business and complains about it?

Word History: This nice (if used properly) Word came to us via Old French from Latin querulus "querulous", an adjective based on queri "to complain". The original Proto-Indo-European root, *kwes- "to pant, wheeze", is lurking in both English quarrel and question. The latter came from Latin questio, questionis, a noun based on an old past participle of Latin quaerere "to ask, seek", questus.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/querulous
Vit Babenco
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"I do not like my state of mind;
I'm bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands."
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Querulous will often precede Quarrellous: first comes the whining, next is the fit of outburst.
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