petulance

[ pech-uh-luh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF petulance

Synonyms for petulance

MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PETULANCE

"But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.

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.

The gloom and petulance that had collected upon his countenance were dissipated in a moment.

Eric forgave the petulance because he could see that she was tired.

"Oh, he's just playin' muffin-man, as usual," said Charlotte with petulance.

Not for that will I adopt their petulance or folly, even to the extent of being ashamed of it.

"I know," her ladyship interrupted on that ever-ready note of petulance of hers.

All the petulance was gone from her expression—the restlessness from her manner.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PETULANCE

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.