Protervity Pro*ter"vi*ty, n. [L. protervitas, from protervus violent.] Peevishness; petulance. [Obs.] --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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  • protervity — prəˈtərvəd.ē noun ( es) Etymology: Latin protervitas, from protervus forward, bold, impudent, flighty (probably alteration of protervus, from pro forward + ptervus akin to Greek petesthai to fly) + itas ity more at pro , feather 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pro|ter|vi|ty — «pruh TUR vuh tee», noun, plural ties. 1. wantonness; petulance: »... the peevishness and protervity of age (Caleb D Anvers). 2. an instance or show of this. ╂[< Old French protervite < Latin protervitās < protervus violent, bold] …   Useful english dictionary

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