• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impertinency Impertinence. "O, matter and impertinency mixed!
      Reason in madness!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impertinency Same as impertinence.
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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.”


In literature:

I hope I may not be thought impertinent in intruding here a reminiscence of Reade which seems characteristic of his sweeter side.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
I'll bear witness to the impertinent way in which he behaved.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Gentlemen," he continued, "let me warn you not to have the impertinence to talk in this way again.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Let me ask you an impertinent question: Does she love him?
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
Such a self-reliant, swaggering, far-sighted, and impertinent boy I never knew.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Yet all this marvellous learning fumes away in boyish impertinence.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
A letter from him will, I have no doubt, be enough to insure us against further impertinence.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
If she has been impertinent to me, she has been even more so to him.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Prithee don't be so impertinent.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
One of his answers to a boastful Frenchman has been related; and to an impertinent he made another equally proper.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson

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
There, 'mid the August glow, still came
He of the twice-illustrious name,
The loud impertinence of fame
Not loth to flee—
Not loth with brooks and fells to claim
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
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