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  • n. Plural form of petulancy.

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Examples

  • He, on the other hand, betrays little petulancies of disposition, little faults and predispositions of which she never dreamed in the prenuptial days, and which she now finds eminently distasteful.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Heigh-ho! nothing else, I think, in this mortal life! people need not study to bring crosses upon themselves by their petulancies.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Ah! Rosabelle! the petulancies of misfortune claim our pity, not resentment.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 1

  • They sing and play about him with winsome wheedlings and cajoleries, with insinuating blandishments and dainty flatteries, with pretty petulancies and delectable quarrellings: --

    A Book of Operas Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music

  • Though he had been ardent in protest against the life conventional, as soon as the protest ran off into extravagance, instead of either following or withstanding it with rueful petulancies, he delicately and successfully turned a passing agitation into an enduring revival.

    Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson

  • The lower animals seem to have certain of our foibles, and antagonisms, and unreasoning petulancies.

    The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

  • He reflected that he had gone on doing the Vervains one favor after another in spite of Florida's childish petulancies; and he resolved that he would not stop now; her whims should be nothing to him, as they had been nothing, hitherto.

    A Foregone Conclusion

  • Faded beauty, humbled self - consequence, disappointed ambition, loss of fortune, -- this is the rough physic provided by Providence to meliorate the temper, to correct the offensive petulancies of youth, and bring out all the energies of the finished character.

    The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, with a Memoir by Lucy Aikin

  • “You would then prefer,” said Lord Burghley, “the eccentricities, — the petulancies, — the stoutly declared will of Lady Charlotte, to the even course of propriety, and yielding spirit of Isabella?”

    Isabella. A Novel

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