- shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
- made of brass.
- like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
- to make brazen or bold.
- brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly: He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.
Origin of brazen
before 1000; Middle English brasen (adjective), Old English bræsen “of brass”
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1. insolent, defiant. 1, 3. brassy.
1. See bold.
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Examples from the Web for brazenly
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He brazenly added that Obama had "created a culture … that encouraged" the abuse.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP
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Here, they are brazenly advertised as "afternoon teas" to lure the unwary.Government by the Brewers?
"Yes, I know; that's why he needs me," said Duncan brazenly.The Fortune Hunter
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"I know it," said Burt, brazenly, but he did not meet Anne's astonished eyes.American Cookery
While she ranted, he brazenly began writing in visible ink once more.Droozle
"Of course you deny it," said Bill Mosely, brazenly persisting in his falsehood.Ben's Nugget
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- shameless and bold
- made of or resembling brass
- having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
- (usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelesslythe witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
- to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Old English bræsen, from bræs brass
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Word Origin and History for brazenly
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