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brazen

[brey-zuh n]
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adjective
  1. shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
  2. made of brass.
  3. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make brazen or bold.
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Verb Phrases
  1. brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly: He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.
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Origin of brazen

before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “of brass
Related formsbra·zen·ly, adverbbra·zen·ness, nounout·bra·zen, verb (used with object)un·bra·zen, adjectiveun·bra·zen·ly, adverbun·bra·zen·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. insolent, defiant. 1, 3. brassy.

Synonym study

1. See bold.
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  • A brazen urn was carried round, in which every citizen deposited a pebble.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • She gnashed her white tusks, and dug into the sand with her brazen claws.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He was more than ever sure that Grannie was a simpleton and Csar a brazen hypocrite.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A crash of brazen music burst upon the ear and drowned the voice.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable


British Dictionary definitions for brazen

brazen

adjective
  1. shameless and bold
  2. made of or resembling brass
  3. having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
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verb (tr)
  1. (usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelesslythe witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
  2. to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
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Derived Formsbrazenly, adverbbrazenness, noun

Word Origin

Old English bræsen, from bræs brass
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Word Origin and History for brazen

adj.

Old English bræsen "of brass," from bræs "brass" (see brass) + -en (2). The figurative sense of "hardened in effrontery" is 1570s (in brazen-face), perhaps suggesting a face unable to show shame (see brass). To brazen it out "face impudently" is from 1550s.

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