• WordNet 3.6
    • n impertinence inappropriate playfulness
    • n impertinence the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
    • n impertinence an impudent statement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impertinence Conduct or language unbecoming the person, the society, or the circumstances; rudeness; incivility. "We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of pedants who affect to talk in a language not to be understood."
    • Impertinence That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no value. "There are many subtile impertinences learned in schools."
    • Impertinence The condition or quality of being impertinent; absence of pertinence, or of adaptedness; irrelevance; unfitness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impertinence The condition or quality of being impertinent or irrelevant; the condition of not being appropriate to the matter in hand; irrelevance.
    • n impertinence That which is impertinent; that which is irrelevant or out of place, as in speech, writing, or manners.
    • n impertinence Conduct unbecoming the person, society, circumstances, etc.; incivility; presumption; forwardness.
    • n impertinence In law, matter (especially in a pleading or an affidavit) which is immaterial in substance, and from prolixity or extent is so inconvenient as to render its presence objectionable. Synonyms Pertness, Effrontery, etc. See impudence.
    • impertinence To treat with impertinence, rudeness, or incivility; affect as with impertinence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impertinence that which is impertinent: intrusion: impudence, over-forwardness:
    • n Impertinence (law) matter introduced into an affidavit, &c., not pertinent to the matter
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  • John Le Carre
    John Le Carre
    “I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. impertinence,. See Impertinent


In literature:

Aunt Augusta crimsoned with anger and doomed Jims to an afternoon in the blue room for impertinence.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A second servant of the Wizard passed her, and when she asked him the same question, he gave her an impertinent reply and vanished also.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
And we all know that resemblances are often impertinences.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
He made him feel, although he did not say so, that what he had said was an impertinence.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
All my questions have been impertinent, I am afraid.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Not content with that, he added insult to his impertinence by telling me that he had been your valet.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
But Freydet did not catch the impertinent remark.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
In fact, what she had said was little short of an impertinence, in his opinion.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
Again Pete cried out indignantly, as if he really didn't know what to make of such impertinence.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
No; he could but regard such a question as a direct impertinence.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read

In poetry:

Laborious he turns the ground
And tends his trees and sows his seeds,
And, later, bravely hobbles round,
Arresting young impertinent weeds.
"Old Age In A Garden" by John Joy Bell
Go, little naked and impudent songs,
Go with a light foot!
(Or with two light feet, if it please you!)
Go and dance shamelessly!
Go with an impertinent frolic!
"Salutation The Second" by Ezra Pound
When we reached the house, it was late enough,
And many impertinent things were said,
Of time and distance, and such dull stuff,
But we said little, and went to bed.
"A Lost Opportunity" by Robert Fuller Murray
My hospitality to those
Whom I invite to come and stay
Is famed; my wine like water flows,
Exactly like, some people say,
But this is mere impertinence
at my Official Residence.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
Another grins and leaps about,
And keeps a merry world of rout,
And talks impertinently free;
And twenty talk the same as he:
Chatt'ring, airy, idle, kind:
These take the Monkey-turn of mind.
"Bacchus: Or, The Vines Of Lesbos" by Thomas Parnell
If a youth passes by, it may happen, no doubt,
He may chance to look in as I chance to look out;
She would never endure an impertinent stare,--
It is horrid, she says, and I must n't sit there.
"Aunt Tabitha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

This blog will cover everything that is unimportant or impertinent in the world of sports.
Nosy queries are always impertinent .
Impertinent questions for the PG&E 3 supervisors.
Impertinent question for Sup.
Cohen answers some Impertinent Questions on sunshine.
I sent some Impertinent Questions to the supervisors who voted against Bruce Wolfe, an excellent task force member, and for Todd David (See other sunshine blogs.
Way back in 1965, when I was a young enlisted Marine at my first duty station, I asked a gunnery sergeant an impertinent question: "Gunny, why is it that you never see a black officer.".
Edwards Backs Bush on Nukes Perhaps it was impertinent to ask US Sen John Edwards--the wannabe president, the member of the Senate Intelligence Committee--what he thinks about the nation's right to start a thermonuclear holocaust.
As she seeks the Senate seat Democrats held for 57 years before 2010, when Republican Scott Brown impertinently won it, she clarifies the liberal project and the stakes of contemporary politics.
Elsbernd ducks more Impertinent Questions.
So I shall share and spread life on impertinent issues.

In science:

Admissibility as a ‘minimal’ property The factual nature of frequentist reasoning in estimation also brings out the impertinence of the notion of admissibility stemming from its reliance on the quantifier ‘for all θ∈Θ’.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
Several of the questions raised about the possible breakdown of scaling contradict beliefs long held by many researchers in both statistical mechanics and quantum field theory and may be classified as impertinences in the sense contemplated by Anatole France.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
But impertinent as some of my distinctions between algebra and analysis are, there are no known theorems which prove them to be incorrect.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory