Vocabulary Presentation 7

Natalie Schlesinger

Guess the Word:

I don't expect you to be happy all the time, but that doesn't give you any excuse to be__________.
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Querulous

Adj: Complaining, irritable, peevish

Roots:

querulus-to complain

Synonyms:

  • fretful
  • petulant
  • discontented

Antonyms:

  • contented
  • satisfied
  • uncomplaining

Forms:

Querulousness (noun): the quality of being given to complaining

Querulously (adverb): full of complaints, complaining

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Practice: choose the incorrect usage(s) of the word

1. In the retirement home, I heard many querulous remarks around the room.

2. The irritated student querulously followed the teacher's directions.

3. I dislike when people have querulous attitudes and think they can boss everyone around.

4. "What do you want from me?" he asked querulously. "Quit bothering me!"