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pĕtŭlans , antis, adj. prop. part. of the obsol. petulo, from peto, qs. falling upon or assailing in jest, i. e.,
I.forward, pert, saucy, impudent, wanton, freakish, petulant.
II. In partic., wanton, lascivious (class.): “si petulans fuisset in aliquā generosā nobili virgine,Cic. Par. 3, 1, 20.— Adv.: pĕtŭlanter , pertly, wantonly, impudently, petulantly (class.): “in aliquem invehi,Cic. Att. 2, 19, 3: “vivere,id. Cael. 16, 38.—Comp.: “petulantius,Cic. Cael. 3, 6. —Sup.: “petulantissime,Cic. Att. 9, 19, 1.
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