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  • n. Plural form of petulance.


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  • Billy was the eldest of us, a jiggly, awkward child who could set your teeth on edge with his constant spoon-on-salt-shaker tapping and small petulances.

    Hula Girls

  • No, not for the world; what man of sense would bear the insolences, the petulances, the expensiveness of a wife!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Far from making them impatient her petulances charmed them; and they gratified all her wishes, making each the ground of some little training.


  • And now my great pleasure lay in humouring all the petulances, all the wanton frolic of a raw novice just fleshed, and keen on the burning scent of his game, but unbroken to the sport: and, to carry on the figure, who could better TREAD THE WOOD than he, or stand fairer for the HEART OF THE HUNT?

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • We admit that he makes enemies needlessly; but all fair minds must still concede that even his petulances of sarcasm are but eccentric utterances of a love of truth which has its source in the deepest and gravest sentiments of his nature.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 46, August, 1861

  • She tried to hide amongst the cushions again, but visions of Gypsy, with her bright inquisitive eyes, her funny little petulances, her endearing cajoleries, kept rising before her.


  • He pitied women for their nerves, and was always kindly tolerant of the resultant petulances.

    Short Stories of Various Types

  • She became almost tolerant, allowing him little petulances and little evasions -- petty weaknesses which in complete health she would have felt it her duty not to compromise with.

    The Hero

  • When he couldn't enjoy the society of some friendly lady -- and his friends were nearly always uneasy under the infliction -- he poured forth his childish petulances and his rare imaginations on the bosom, so to speak, of society in general; and society in general flung him back in wondering contempt.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • Out of such divine material, with all his petulances and perversities, Oscar Wilde's style was hammered and beaten.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations


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