Definition of shrewishness in English:

shrewishness

noun

  • See shrewish

    • ‘Leigh's Petruchio is too strong to fall for a woman who is blatantly manipulative rather than a match for his own true shrewishness.’
    • ‘The taming of Katherine is not a women's shrewishness being cured as much as it is a woman being taught the rules of the ‘patriarchal game’.’
    • ‘Curiously, in Peter Barnes's breezy screenplay, Lot's wife is saddled with most of the shrewishness usually attributed to Noah's wife, Naamah, who is supposed in legend to have refused to board the ark.’
    • ‘It is winter, and they believe cold weather is enough of a whip to tame the wildest of beasts and even the shrewishness of both Kate and Petruchio.’