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petulancy

[pech-uh-luh n-see] /ˈpɛtʃ ə lən si/
noun, plural petulancies. Rare.
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Origin of petulancy
1550-1560
From the Latin word petulantia, dating back to 1550-60. See petulance, -ancy
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  • You see this is Sir George himself, my dear, a mixture of petulancy and indelicacy.

  • Her touch was magnetic, and petulancy vanished at her smile as at a charm.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

    George Alfred Townsend
  • Mr. Van Riper had more cause for his petulancy than he would have acknowledged even to himself.

    The Story of a New York House Henry Cuyler Bunner
  • He was the first martyr to Aurelian's petulancy, being beheaded on the 22d of December, in the same year.

  • Light-blue eyes they were, set in a good-looking, boyish face, that had somehow an effect of petulancy.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine

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