petulance

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Noun[edit]

petulance (countable and uncountable, plural petulances)

  1. The property of being petulant.
    • Clarendon
      Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.
    • Cowper
      The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 29 (ISBN 1857150570)
      She had not done this, but had shown herself angry and sore, and was now ashamed of her own petulance, and yet unable to discontinue it.