protervity

noun
pro·​ter·​vi·​ty | \ prəˈtərvətē \
plural -es

Definition of protervity

1 : a petulant manner : peevishness
2 : insolent sauciness

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History and Etymology for protervity

Latin protervitas, from protervus forward, bold, impudent, flighty (probably alteration of protervus, from pro- forward + -ptervus —akin to Greek petesthai to fly) + -itas -ity

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“Protervity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protervity. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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