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Examples of petulant in a Sentence
- Oxford's denial of her [Margaret Thatcher's] honorary degree in 1984 was no petulant fluke but an accurate measure of her unpopularity with the whole profession. —Harold Perkin, Times Literary Supplement, 26 June 1992
- In the hot, petulant little cockpit she was triumphant—drunk with anger, defiance, and the beginnings of relief. —Sebastian Faulks, Independent on Sunday (London), 25 Nov. 1990
- Sometimes, under … rapid-fire questioning, he became petulant and quibbled over words in a way that suggested a close reading of the law. —Frances FitzGerald, New Yorker, 16 Oct. 1989
- Mouth petulant but its hardness in it, behind it. Looking at that mouth you felt her teeth in you … —Jayne Anne Phillips, Black Tickets, (1975) 1979
Her tone was petulant and angry.
a petulant and fussy man who is always blaming everyone else for his problems
Recent Examples of petulant from the Web
The brunette hue darkened—along with her temperament—for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, a high, swingy ponytail serving as the very embodiment of Tiffany Maxwell’s slightly petulant demeanor.
Not surprisingly, none of the depictions painted McDaniels as coattail-riding, petulant or any of the other descriptions that have been assigned to him over the years.
My audience, by the way, was especially tickled by the satirical portrait of the show’s one major British character, King George III, embodied with Hogarthian nastiness by a divinely petulant Michael Jibson.
Liam Mulshine lends authenticity to the seductive Swede and provides the petulant voice behind the royal heir (represented by a large doll).
Now, with a single misbegotten turn of phrase, Trump had turned them from petulant protesters into principled defenders of the First Amendment.
She's come off spoiled, petulant and worst of all privileged.
His petulant mother Betty – wearing an Alabama sweater and Tennessee hat — grabbed her purse walked away in a snit.
Haden Church, on the other hand, plays Robert as a violent cartoon, a cocksure contractor whose fragile masculinity explodes into petulant retaliation.
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petulant Has Latin Roots
Petulant is one of many English words that are related to the Latin verb petere, which means "to go to," "to attack," "to seek," or "to request." "Petere" is a relative of the Latin adjective petulans ("impudent"), from which "petulant" was derived. Some other words with connections to "petere" are "compete" and "appetite." "Competere," the Late Latin precursor to "compete," is a combination of the prefix com- and the verb "petere." The joining of ad- and petere led to "appetere" ("to strive after"), and eventually to Latin appetitus, the source of our "appetite." Additional descendants of "petere" are "petition," "perpetual," and "impetus."
choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, prickly, quick-tempered, raspy, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish;
out of humor, out of sorts;
PETULANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of petulant for English Language Learners
: having or showing the attitude of people who become angry and annoyed when they do not get what they want
PETULANT Defined for Kids
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