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[pech-uh-luh ns] /ˈpɛtʃ ə ləns/
the state or quality of being petulant.
a petulant speech or action.
Origin of petulance
1600-10; < Latin petulantia impudence. See petulant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I think your mistress has been in bad spirits lately," he resumed, with a sudden outbreak of petulance.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • "But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • 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.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • 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.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
Word Origin and History for petulance

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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