• WordNet 3.6
    • n impudence the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
    • n impudence an impudent statement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Impudence The quality of being impudent; assurance, accompanied with a disregard of the presence or opinions of others; shamelessness; forwardness; lack of modesty. "Clear truths that their own evidence forces us to admit, or common experience makes it impudence to deny.""Where pride and impudence in fashion knit
      Usurp the chair of wit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impudence The character or quality of being impudent. Want of modesty; shamelessness; indelicacy.
    • n impudence Impudent behavior; brazenness; effrontery; insolence.
    • n impudence Synonyms Impertinence, Impudence, Effrontery, Sauciness, Pertness, Rudeness, audacity, insolence, assurance, presumption, boldness, face. Impertinence is primarily non-pertinence, conduct not pertaining or appropriate to the circumstances, and is hence a disposition to meddle with what does not pertain to one, and more specifically unmannerly conduct or speech. Impudence is unblushing impertinence manifesting itself in words, tones, gestures, looks, etc. Effrontery is extreme impudence, which is not abashed at rebuke, but shows unconcern for the opinion of others; it is audacious and brazen-faced. Sauciness is a sharp kind of impertinence, chiefly in language, and primarily from an inferior. It is, in language, essentially the same with pertness, which, however, covers all indecorous freedom of bearing toward others; pertness is forwardness inappropriate to one's years, station, or sex. Rudeness is the only one of these words seeming to refer primarily to character; in this use it implies manners or language which might be expected from lack of culture or good breeding, and includes what is said or done from a desire to be offensive or uncivil. See arrogance.
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  • John Ruskin
    “Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
  • Euripides
    “Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.”
  • Josh Billings
    “I haven't got as much money as some folks, but I've got as much impudence as any of them, and that's the next thing to money.”
  • Daniel Defoe
    Daniel Defoe
    “Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; 'Tis impudence and money makes a peer.”
  • Spiro T. Agnew
    Spiro T. Agnew
    “A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impudentia,: cf. F. impudence,. See Impudent


In literature:

Around the coach had already gathered several small boys, huddled together, and transfixed with awe too deep for impudence.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
All this demanded a vast amount of impudence on Mr. Nash's part, and this he possessed to a liberal extent.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
Some of these flighty damsels were haughty and patronising and others were familiar and impudent.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I'd lay my broom over his head if he had the impudence to ask me.
"Adrift in New York" by Horatio Alger
Audacity means boldness, impudence, according to Stormonth.
"On The Blockade" by Oliver Optic
He may be an ass and yet not impudent, or impudent and yet not an ass.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Passion is of no service, you impudent, violent, over-bearing reprobate.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Such impudence, her ringing up here!
"The Uttermost Farthing" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
It was so bold an impudence that the citizens stood agape, scarcely able to believe their ears.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
Arabs watched impudently, sniping his party from a few hundred yards away.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson

In poetry:

Because you have no fear to mingle
Wings with those of greater part,
So like me, with song I single
Your sweet impudence of heart.
"To A Sparrow" by Francis Ledwidge
In all its raucous impudence
Life writhes, cavorts in pallid light,
With little cause or consequence;
And when, with darkling skies, the night
"The End of the Day" by Charles Baudelaire
Or else, I think, your shoes are torn and rent;
The water from the street is oozing through;
Or impudently, as you pass along,
Some scoundrel Turk is whistling after you.
"The Working Girl" by Daniel Varoujan
Oh, saucy gold circle of fairyland silk—
Impudent, intimate, delicate treasure:
A noose for my heart and a ring for my finger:—
Here in my study you sing me a measure.
"On Suddenly Receiving A Curl Long Refused" by Vachel Lindsay
Against the unceasing chant to sinless Zion,
Three impudent seraph notes, three starry coals,
Sweet as wild grass and happy as a lion
And all the saints will throw you aureoles.
"To Rosemary, On The Methods" by Stephen Vincent Benet
(I see, thought he, this shameless elf
Wou'd fain steal me too from myself, That impudently dares to own
What I have suffer'd for and done,)
And now but vent'ring to betray,
Hast met with vengeance the same way.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler

In news:

Ken Russell and His Naughty-Boy Impudence Remembered By THR Film Critic Todd McCarthy.
Spiro Agnew denounced a prevailing liberal "spirit of national masochism … encouraged by an effete core of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals".
Impudent, headstrong, and "a liar and a thief," 12-year-old Will Sparrow is also a hero to remember in this rousing story from Newbery Medalist Cushman (The Midwife's Apprentice), set in Elizabethan England.
Has it really been 100 years since Forbidden Broadway last showed its impudent face in New York.
This difference stems largely, I think, from the fact that Snowbird allows snowboarding -- the youth movement of skiing, a booming, hyperkinetic sport within a sport whose impudent practitioners often outrage traditional skiers.
Cole Porter's impudent wit and effervescent melodies made him a one of a kind sensation.