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PE’TULANCE. PE’TULANCY. n.s. [petulance, Fr. petulantia, Lat.] Sauci-
ness; peevishness; wantonness.
It was excellently said of that philosopher, that there was
a wall or parapet of teeth set in our mouth, to restrain the
petulancy of our words.  Ben. Johnson.
Such was others petulancy, that they joyed to see their bet-
ters shamefully outraged and abused.  King Charles.
Wise men knew that which looked like pride in some, and
like petulance in others, would, by experience in affairs and
conversation amongst men, be in time wrought off. Clarendon.
However their numbers, as well as their insolence and per-
verseness increased, many instances of petulancy and scurrility
are to be seen in their pamphlets. Swift.
There appears in our age a pride and petulancy in youth,
zealous to cast off the sentiments of their fathers and
teachers. Watts’s Logick.