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Definitionunreasonably annoyed or upset
easily annoyed or upset
- No murmur, no impatience, no petulance did come from him.Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (6% in)
- ...up that uncontaminated aroma,—literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath; in that inexpressible sperm, I washed my hands and my heart of it; I almost began to credit the old Paracelsan superstition that sperm is of rare virtue in allaying the heat of anger; while bathing in that bath, I felt divinely free from all ill-will, or petulance, or malice, of any sort whatsoever.Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (10% in)
There are no more uses of "petulant" in Moby Dick.
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