petulance

[pech-uh-luhns]
noun
1.
the state or quality of being petulant.
2.
a petulant speech or action.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin petulantia impudence. See petulant, -ance

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petulant (ˈpɛtjʊlənt)
 
adj
irritable, impatient, or sullen in a peevish or capricious way
 
[C16: via Old French from Latin petulāns bold, from petulāre (unattested) to attack playfully, from petere to assail]
 
'petulance
 
n
 
'petulancy
 
n
 
'petulantly
 
adv

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Example sentences
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.
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