protervity

noun pro·ter·vi·ty \prəˈtərvətē\

Definition of protervity

plural

-es

  1. 1 :  a petulant manner :  peevishness

  2. 2 :  insolent sauciness

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at pro-, feather


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