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a curmudgeon with a keen eye for hypocrisy
  a bad-tempered person — typically an old man
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curmudgeon curmudgeonly curmudgeons curmudgeonry
Often viewed as miserly or full of stubborn ideas.
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  • a curmudgeon with a keen eye for hypocrisy
  • In fifty years I would be seventy-four, an old curmudgeon with a hairless, toothless head; the geriatric remnant of the forties, whose blood had dried, whose youth had withered, whose dreams had died like the grasses and washed out on a spring tide.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Luma has even become friendly with Emanuel Ransom, the town curmudgeon, bonding over their shared admiration of Hillary Clinton.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • It had a curmudgeonly fuel transfer valve that Pillsbury and Douglas had to finesse into place, lest it stick wide open, slow an engine, or trigger a deafening backfire.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • They were like curmudgeonly old friends who would never admit that they liked me yet came round to see me all the time.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It also took me that long to understand what Jeb was up to, what the motivation was behind his switch from the courteous host to the curmudgeonly taskmaster.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Kerry the atheist curmudgeon, who hated how commercialized Christmas had become and so threw an annual Merry Anti-Christmas Celebration at the club, where he held a contest for which band could play the most distorted versions of Christmas carols.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The reporters assumed that Smith was just being curmudgeonly, but there was likely more to it than that.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • No, I’ll buy the gayest gown I can get, and dance over the old curmudgeon’s grave in it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • ’I’m sure she’s an old curmudgeon.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot

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  • I may carp about feeling cornered by Nathaniel, as is my right as a curmudgeonly columnist, but there’s nothing boring about the adventure I’m on.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The Vicar himself seemed to wear rather a changed aspect, as most men do when acquaintances made elsewhere see them for the first time in their own homes; some indeed showing like an actor of genial parts disadvantageously cast for the curmudgeon in a new piece.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Make way! the Sieur Curmudgeon is marrying Mademoiselle Clutch-penny.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Curmudgeons, sadists ." Then he began the dismount of our short stay in Tomsk.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Dr. Percepied, whose loud voice and bushy eyebrows enabled him to play to his heart’s content the part of ’double-dealer,’ a part to which he was not, otherwise, adapted, without in the least degree compromising his unassailable and quite unmerited reputation of being a kind-hearted old curmudgeon, could make the Cure and everyone else laugh until they cried by saying in a harsh voice: "What d’ye say to this, now?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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