pettishness


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pet·tish

 (pĕt′ĭsh)
adj.
Ill-tempered; peevish.

[Probably from pet.]

pet′tish·ly adv.
pet′tish·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pettishness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled angerpettishness - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
querulousness - the quality of being given to complaining
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Translations

pettishness

nbockige Art (inf)
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References in classic literature ?
The pettishness that might be caressed into fondness, had yielded to a listless apathy; there was less of the peevish temper of a child which frets and teases on purpose to be soothed, and more of the self-absorbed moroseness of a confirmed invalid, repelling consolation, and ready to regard the good-humoured mirth of others as an insult.
But really there was something quite charming in her pettishness: it looked so much more like innocent distress than ill humour; and the severe Adam felt no movement of disapprobation; he only felt a sort of amused pity, as if he had seen a kitten setting up its back, or a little bird with its feathers ruffled.
But these paroxysms seldom occurred, and in them my big-hearted shipmate vented the bile which more calm-tempered individuals get rid of by a continual pettishness at trivial annoyances.