petulance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French pétulance, Middle French, from Latin petulantia

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
      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.

Synonyms[edit]

  1. moodiness, caprice, capriciousness, tetchiness, arbitrariness, viciousness

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