Origin of petulance
Examples from the Web for petulance
Fortunately, Boehner has elected to ignore this display of petulance and continue with his landmark attempt to sue the president.Why Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Could Work
July 10, 2014
The 19-year-old pop star, petulance personified, is acting out.The Epic Justin Bieber Meltdown May Be the Most Worrisome One Yet
January 23, 2014
The line captures the intriguing paradox that is West, a mélange of petulance, bombast, unintentional—or intentional?Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force
June 15, 2013
Except for a bit of petulance directed toward Stephanopoulos and a bit of pique directed at Huntsman, Romney maintained his cool.Paul Begala: Mitt Romney’s Competition Folds in New Hampshire Debate
January 8, 2012
"But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.Within the Law
Hagar forgot her petulance, and became curious as any white woman.
"I wish I could be as cool-headed as Thomas," she said, with a tinge of petulance.
She must have been really kind, for she never resented any petulance or carelessness.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The gloom and petulance that had collected upon his countenance were dissipated in a moment.Imogen
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).