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Pet"u*lance (?), Pet"u*lan*cy (?), n. [L. petulania: cf. F. p'etulance. 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. Clarendon.

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.


© Webster 1913.

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