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adjective: Difficult to deal with: ill-tempered, quarrelsome.
Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Middle English contak (contention). Earliest documented use: 1736.
"Justin Wolff makes clear that Thomas Hart Benton had a difficult if not volcanic personality. Among the adjectives he uses to describe him are surly, belligerent, arrogant, pugnacious, combative, gruff, inflexible, cantankerous, argumentative, churlish, cruel, and blunt."
Terry Hartle; Thomas Hart Benton: A Life; The Christian Science Monitor (Boston); May 21, 2012.
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