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brazen

[brey-zuh n] /ˈbreɪ zən/
adjective
1.
shameless or impudent:
brazen presumption.
2.
made of brass.
3.
like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make brazen or bold.
Verb phrases
5.
brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly:
He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.
Origin of brazen
1000
before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “of brass
Related forms
brazenly, adverb
brazenness, noun
outbrazen, verb (used with object)
unbrazen, adjective
unbrazenly, adverb
unbrazenness, noun
Synonyms
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

/ˈbreɪzən/
adjective
1.
shameless and bold
2.
made of or resembling brass
3.
having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
verb (transitive)
4.
usually foll by out or through. to face and overcome boldly or shamelessly: the witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
5.
to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Derived Forms
brazenly, adverb
brazenness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bræsen, from bræsbrass
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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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