• WordNet 3.6
    • n petulance an irritable petulant feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Petulance The quality or state of being petulant; temporary peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor. "The petulancy of our words.""Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.""The lowering eye, the petulance , the frown."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n petulance Sauciness; wantonness; rudeness.
    • n petulance The character of being petulant; a petulant character or disposition; peevish impatience or caprice; pettishness.
    • n petulance Synonyms See captious and petulant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Petulance sauciness: peevishness or impatience
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    “The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. petulania,: cf. F. pétulance,. See Petulant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. petulans, -antis—obs. petulāre, dim. of petĕre, to fall upon.


In literature:

He shrugged his shoulders petulantly, found his father at the club.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
But no petulance could impair the beaming optimism on Mr. Harrier's features.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
She looked at him petulantly.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mere petulant fault-finding, however, especially if based on ignorance or misapprehension, does positive harm.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
All at once she twisted round and threw herself petulantly down from the haycock.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
To the right and the left the musketry rattled smartly and petulantly; directly in front it sighed and growled.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Was they that petulant all the way?
"The Happy Family" by Bertha Muzzy Bower
Peachblow the while was petulantly taking the color out of a canvas that was a false alarm.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
McEwen had lately shown a strong and petulant wish to preserve his incognito, or what was left of it.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
When had he spoken to her so petulantly before?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various

In poetry:

I am sister to the rain;
Fey and sudden and unholy,
Petulant at the windowpane,
Quickly lost, remembered slowly.
"Rainy Night" by Dorothy Parker
Now sullen, a quiet, and deep,—
Now fretful, and foaming, wild;
Now like a giant asleep,
And now like a petulant child.
"The Fishermen" by Ernest Jones
Petulant imps of light,
What whisper or gleam or elfin-wild perfumes
Thrilled through the night
And drew you to this hive of rosy bloom?
"The Humming Birds" by Alfred Noyes
"While he, perhaps, with larger eyne,
Was pleased, instead of vexed, at seeing
Some little petulance in mine,
And loved me all the more, for being;
Not too divine.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But Winter after Autumn comes and stills
The petulant waters and the wild mind fills
With silence; and the dark and cold are bitter,
O, bitter to remember past days sweeter.
"I Have Never Loved You Yet" by John Freeman
With this advantage over their granite grave-marks, of having
realized the petulant human consciousness
Before, and then the greatness, the peace: drunk from both
pitchers: these to be pitied? These not fortunate
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Rutgers University, the flagship university in a state known for ruthless mob bosses, petulant reality show stars and cutthroat drivers, is launching a two-year project to get people - at least those on campus - to behave better.
Petulant teen's tweet against governor exposes her immaturity.
Petulant child or innocent victim of a PR blitz.
Doubling down on the petulance .
Petulant politicians wage war on Florida courts.
Talented but petulant driver signs with Furniture Row Racing for 2013.
President Petulant Obama makes Berkeley liberals look like statesmen.
Forte seems petulant as contract talks drag on.
This time, the petulance could not prevent an outbreak of reason on the Senate floor.
Steve Jobs was petulant and mean:Biographer.
As the moment of his sentencing approaches, Tristan Gilmour sits petulantly in an Arapahoe County courtroom.
What Happens When Petulant Parents Won't Share.
Numbers are great, but moodiness and petulance often overshadowed his talent.
Jay will be inactively petulant.
An infectious blend of grown-up sass and kidlike petulance, "Whip My Hair" is the rare song by a preteenager to be embraced across demographic lines, something not achieved even by the most famous Disney acts.