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petulance

[pech-uh-luh ns] /ˈpɛtʃ ə ləns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being petulant.
2.
a petulant speech or action.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin petulantia impudence. See petulant, -ance
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Examples for petulance
  • Activities to the contrary are either posturing or immature petulance.
  • Their behavior reinforces the stereotype of the church as a stodgy organization steeped in willful ignorance and petulance.
  • It would be dead wrong to let these extracts suggest that her work is marked by anger or petulance.
  • Humor travels plenty well, but petulance never misses a connection.
  • His petulance made the band's lovely songs more intriguing.
  • His lunge at the legs of an opponent, with the ball nowhere near, was rash and dangerous petulance.
  • Their services were already too considerable, and affairs of state were too weighty for this kind of petulance.
Word Origin and History for petulance
n.

c.1600, "insolence, immodesty," from French pétulance (early 16c.), from Latin petulantia "sauciness, impudence," noun of quality from petulantem (see petulant). Meaning "peevishness" is recorded from 1784, from influence of pettish, etc. It displaced earlier petulancy (1550s).

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