Jul
23
2013

dudgeon

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

dudgeon

du jən

noun

an angry, resentful, and offended state of mind.
example: After we confronted him about the theft, he withdrew in dudgeon to his room.

Usage note: “Dudgeon” usually appears in the phrase “in dudgeon,” and often in the expression “in high dudgeon.”

Quotation from literature: “From less to more, I worked him up to considerable irritation; then, after he had retired, in dudgeon, quite to the other end of the room, I got up, and saying, “I wish you good-night, sir,” in my natural and wonted respectful manner, I slipped out by the side-door and got away. The system thus entered on, I pursued during the whole season of probation; and with the best success.” (Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre)

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