Word of the Day: Petulance


pet-u-lance / -chə-ləns


1. a scornful or disrespectful statement or action

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation.

Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784

2. the state of being irritable without good cause

Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness.

Zoroaster, c. 628 BC – c. 551 BC