[pech-uh-luh n-see]

noun, plural pet·u·lan·cies. Rare.

Origin of petulancy

From the Latin word petulantia, dating back to 1550–60. See petulance, -ancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for petulancy

Historical Examples of petulancy

  • 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.

  • 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.


    William MacLeod Raine