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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
First recorded in 1600-10, petulance is from the Latin word petulantia impudence. See petulant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Hagar forgot her petulance, and became curious as any white woman.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "I wish I could be as cool-headed as Thomas," she said, with a tinge of petulance.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • She must have been really kind, for she never resented any petulance or carelessness.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The gloom and petulance that had collected upon his countenance were dissipated in a moment.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Eric forgave the petulance because he could see that she was tired.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
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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