Fortunately, Boehner has elected to ignore this display of petulance and continue with his landmark attempt to sue the president.
The 19-year-old pop star, petulance personified, is acting out.
Except for a bit of petulance directed toward Stephanopoulos and a bit of pique directed at Huntsman, Romney maintained his cool.
The line captures the intriguing paradox that is West, a mélange of petulance, bombast, unintentional—or intentional?
"I think your mistress has been in bad spirits lately," he resumed, with a sudden outbreak of petulance.
"But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.
The prayer is a silly piece of petulance and it would have served the maker of it right to have had it granted.
Hagar forgot her petulance, and became curious as any white woman.
He was often guided by petulance and passion; seldom or never by sober judgment.
She must have been really kind, for she never resented any petulance or carelessness.
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).