1. [syn: irritability, crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, peevishness, petulance, choler]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Petulance \Pet"u*lance\, Petulancy \Pet"u*lan*cy\, n. [L.
petulania: cf. F. p['e]tulance. See Petulant.]
The quality or state of being petulant; temporary
peevishness; pettishness; capricious ill humor. "The
petulancy of our words." --B. Jonson.
Like pride in some, and like petulance in others.
The lowering eye, the petulance, the frown. --Cowper.
Syn: Petulance, Peevishness. -- Peevishness implies the
permanence of a sour, fretful temper; petulance implies
temporary or capricious irritation.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an irritable petulant feeling [syn: irritability,
crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, peevishness,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
81 Moby Thesaurus words for "petulance":
Faustianism, arbitrariness, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching,
bitch, bitching, caprice, capriciousness, cold comfort,
complaining, complaint, crankiness, crotchetiness,
destructive criticism, disappointment, discontent,
discontentedness, discontentment, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction,
dissatisfiedness, dissent, divine discontent, envy, fancifulness,
fantasticality, faultfinding, freakishness, fretfulness, grievance,
gripe, griping, groan, groaning, grouse, grousing, grumbling,
holler, howl, humorsomeness, ill humor, kick, kicking, moodiness,
motivelessness, murmuring, peeve, peevishness, pet peeve,
pettishness, petulancy, protest, querulousness, quirkiness,
rebelliousness, resentfulness, resentment, restiveness,
restlessness, scolding, shrewishness, sniping, sourness, squawk,
squawking, sulkiness, temperamentalness, uneasiness, unfulfillment,
unhappiness, unpleasure, unsatisfaction, vexation of spirit,
vixenishness, whimsicality, whimsicalness, whimsy, whining,