impudent

Definitions

  • IMPUDENT ROBBERY OF A TRAVELLER
    IMPUDENT ROBBERY OF A TRAVELLER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impudent improperly forward or bold "don't be fresh with me","impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup","an impudent boy given to insulting strangers","Don't get wise with me!"
    • adj impudent marked by casual disrespect "a flip answer to serious question","the student was kept in for impudent behavior"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impudent Behaving boldly, with contempt or disregard for propriety in behavior toward others; unblushingly forward; impertinent; saucy. "More than impudent sauciness.""When we behold an angel, not to fear
      Is to be impudent ."
    • Impudent Lacking modesty; shameless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impudent Immodest; shameless; brazen; indelicate.
    • impudent Offensively forward in behavior; intentionally disrespectful; insolent; possessed of unblushing assurance.
    • impudent Manifesting impudence; exhibiting or characterized by disrespect toward or disregard of others.
    • impudent Synonyms Bold, bold-faced, brazen-faced, presumptuous, pert, rude, saucy. See impudence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impudent im′pū-dent wanting shame or modesty: brazen-faced: bold: rude: insolent
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impudens, -entis,; pref. im-, not + pudens, ashamed, modest, p. pr. of pudere, to feel shame: cf. F. impudent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. in, not, pudens, -entispudēre, to be ashamed.

Usage

In literature:

This old foot of mine has been rather impudent to-day.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
It shuts one door to impudent importunity, only to open another, and a wider, to unpresuming merit.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The fellow is so impudent that he will take no rebuff.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
Adam ignored his impudence.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Queries as absurd had frequently been put to him in perfect good faith, and answered with ready and impudent ignorance.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
I felt that I had better submit to his unpalatable society than let him bore Mrs. Blair with his colossal impudence.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
She laughed up at him with tender impudence in recognition of the fact.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
No, sure, they cannot have the impudence.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)" by John Dryden
There was no impudence in that.
"The Measure of a Man" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
She had an impudent little nose and full red lips.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
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In poetry:

If I should live in a forest
And sleep underneath a tree,
No grove of impudent saplings
Would make a home for me.
"Old Poets" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
No more shall bold blasphemers say,
"Judgment will ne'er begin;"
No more abuse his long delay
To impudence and sin.
"Psalm 50 part 1" by Isaac Watts
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
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
He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare
With an impudent wag of the head:
And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,
"Just to keep up its spirits," he said.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
ALPHONSO, who in cool assurance all creation licks,
He up and said to EMMIE (who had impudence for six),
"MISS EMILY, I love you - will you marry? Say the word!"
And EMILY said, "Certainly, ALPHONSO, like a bird!"
"The Modest Couple" by William Schwenck Gilbert

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.
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