petulance

Definition: The characteristic being and easily annoyed and angered

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"Where Angels Fear to Tread" - By Morgan Robertson
...There was petulance in the tone now, and the soul of the man rejoiced ....
Ivanhoe - By Walter Scott, Francis Hovey Stoddard
...But 25 although no man with less scruple made his ordinary habits and feelings bend to his interest, it was the misfortune of this Prince that his levity and petulance were perpetually breaking out, and undoing all that had been gained by his previous dissimulation ....
Jane Eyre - By Charlotte Bront
...And then she would pout like a disappointed child; a pensive cloud would soften her radiant vivacity; she would withdraw her hand hastily from his, and turn in transient petulance from his aspect, at once so heroic and so martyr-like ....
Pride and Prejudice - By Jane Austen
...It was gratitude,--gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection ....
Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bront
...Now, let us have no petulance ....
Mansfield Park - By Jane Austen, R. Brimley Johnson
...Her continual disagreements with her mother, her rash squabbles with Tom and Charles, and petulance with Betsey, were at least so distressing to Fanny, that though admitting they were by no means without provocation, she feared the disposition that could push them to such length must be far from amiable, and from affording any repose to herself ....
O Pioneers! - By Willa Cather
...`` I 'm angry with you, Emil, " she broke out with petulance ....
Kidnapped - By Robert Louis Stevenson
..." For tragedy implies some ponderable matter in dispute, some dignus vindice nodus; and this piece of work was all about the petulance of a young ass that had been spoiled, and wanted nothing so much as to be tied up and soundly belted ....
Beauchamp's Career - By George Meredith
...The graces of her freaks of petulance and airy whims, her sprightly jets of wilfulness, fleeting frowns of contempt, imperious decisions, were all beautiful, like silver-shifting waves, in this lustrous planet of her pure freedom; and if you will seize the divine conception of Artemis, and own the goddess French, you will understand his feelings ....
Middlemarch - By George Eliot
...Will spoke at random : he was merely venting his petulance; it was a little too exasperating to have his grandmother 's portrait offered him at that moment ....
After Dark - By Wilkie Collins
...There was such an ungracious sharpness in his voice, such an outburst of petulance in his manner as he spoke, that his mother gave him a warning touch on the arm, and whispered `` Hush ! "...
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...Seeing, however, the utmost innocence in her countenance--combined with some transient perverseness and petulance--I said at last,--" Who talks to you disagreeably and detrimentally on such matters ?...
The Old Adam - By Arnold Bennett
...But no petulance could impair the beaming optimism on Mr. Marrier 's features ....
Our Mutual Friend - By Charles Dickens
...And going on at her side, so gaily, regardless of all that had been urged against him; so superior in his sallies and self-possession to the gloomy constraint of her suitor, and the selfish petulance of her brother; so faithful to her, as it seemed, when her own stock was faithless; what an immense advantage, what an over-powering influence were his that night !...
Barchester Towers - By Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir
...She had not done this, but had shown herself angry and sore, and was now ashamed of her own petulance, and yet unable to discontinue it ....
The Shadow Line - By Joseph Conrad
...Unrebuked by my petulance, Captain Giles, with an air of immense sagacity, began to tell me a minute tale about a Harbour Office peon ....
The American - By Henry James
...Madame Urbain, with a certain attractive petulance, beckoned to him again, and this time he went over to the carriage ....