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Meaning of PETULANCE

Pronunciation:  'pechuluns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an irritable petulant feeling

PETULANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: choler, crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, irritability, peevishness
 See Also: ill humor, ill humour, pet, testiness, tetchiness, touchiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pet"u*lance\, Petulancy \Pet"u*lan*cy\, n. [L.
petulania: cf. F. p['e]tulance. See {Petulant}.]
The quality or state of being petulant; temporary
peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor. ``The
petulancy of our words.'' --B. Jonson.

      Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.

      The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown. --Cowper.

Syn: {Petulance}, {Peevishness}. -- Peevishness implies the
     permanence of a sour, fretful temper; petulance implies
     temporary or capricious irritation.

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