brazenness

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brazenness behavior marked by a bold defiance of the proprieties and lack of shame
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brazenness brā"z'n*nĕs The quality or state of being brazen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brazenness Appearance like brass; brassiness.
    • n brazenness Impudence; excess of assurance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Brazenness effrontery
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Quotations

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    “Any walk through a park that runs between a double line of mangy trees and passes brazenly by the ladies toilet is invariably known as Lover's Lane.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. braser, to burn; most prob. related to Brass.

Usage

In literature:

Outside it sounded of brazen beasts, and beasts that whistled, beasts that boomed.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
She could have detected a brazen pretender.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
I am robust, eager for the fray, an Amazon, a brazen-faced hussy.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
It became a brazen smile.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
The brazen way in which they combine religion and immorality!
"Madame de Treymes" by Edith Wharton
He left, no doubt, as much amazed at my assurance as I was at the brazenness of his request.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
He rode in brazener than any feller thet ever stacked up against this outfit.
"The Border Legion" by Zane Grey
Crosbie resolved in his soreness that henceforth he would brazen it out.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
It would be the earthen pot and the brazen pot at best.
"The Altar Fire" by Arthur Christopher Benson
But you see how they brazen it out, and walk about as coolly as though nothing had happened.
"The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III" by Cuthbert Bede
The eyes for which the dance was meant saw the mad whirl, the bare flesh, the brazen glances, the close embrace.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
A brazen interviewer, who needs passes for his friends, and, by the way, twenty-five roubles in an envelope.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
An idea, sudden, brazen, undefendable, even outrageous, popped into his head.
"The Landloper" by Holman Day
He glanced at the brazen monitor: its surface still shivered, though his senses were not fine enough to hear the faint sound.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
There was found the coffin of a man of great stature, and lying beside it a brazen lance-head and a sword.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
Why, it is perfectly brazen.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
Brazen elephants in the Via Sacra.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Peal out, ye brazen bells, peal out the requiem of the sinner!
"Violets and Other Tales" by Alice Ruth Moore
Some of the girls are quite pretty and affect a modest deportment, but the majority are hideous and brazen.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The lithograph of a popular burlesque actress stared brazenly at him from the mantelpiece.
"Mingo" by Joel Chandler Harris
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In poetry:

At our ears wild shadows whistle;
Brazen forks the lightning o'er us
Flames; and huge the thunder's missile
Bursts behind us, drags before us.
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
Belshazzar.
Impossible! Villain and slave, thou ly'st;
Euphrates and the brazen gates secure us.
While those remain, Belshazzar laughs at dange.r.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
The Captain leapt and left his prayers
And hastened down the dust-dark stairs,
And taking to hand a brazen Whip
He woke to life the long dead ship.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
And if there fell from out her grand old steeples
No crash of brazen wail,
The murmurous woe of kindreds, tongues, and peoples
Swept in on every gale.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Hark ! to the Cymbal's brazen clangour !
Hark to the Trumpet's shrill reply !
Each brave heart shakes off its languor,
Proudly the crimson banners fly.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
So then I bravely broke away
From spooks and ectoplasic gauze.
Yet in the brazen light of day
I had to pinch myself because
Really! I wondered if I was.
"The Seance" by Robert W Service

In news:

Brazen prison escape detailed.
Six arraigned, held in brazen gun store burglary.
Brazen break-ins put Muncie residents on edge.
Brazen thief steals from firehouse while Bravest are out on call.
Brazen Burnaby jewelry-store thieves smash stolen truck into Metropolis mall (with video).
Authorities say brazen thieves were caught on camera stealing a parked trailer containing two ATVs while the entire family was home.
The first is how the GOP could put up someone for president who so brazenly epitomizes the excesses of casino capitalism that have nearly destroyed the economy and overwhelmed our democracy.
Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street.
A cautionary tale for brazen women.
The FBI is searching for a brazen bank robbery suspect known as the "AK-47 Bandit.".
Although copper thefts seem to be declining slightly from previous years, police say it remains an ongoing problem as thieves become more experienced and more brazen.
While the brazenness may be unusual, the theft isn't.
Suit calls Countrywide mortgage fraud "spectaculary brazen".
Brazen' fraud at Countrywide .
Suit alleges 'brazen' fraud at Countrywide .
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