- 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 brazenness
“The brazenness is shocking,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance rightly said.The 9/11 Scam: New York’s Disability Disgrace
January 8, 2014
This brazenness is earning Israel something unusual: the near universal, if provisional, sympathy of Western nations.Playing With Fire
November 19, 2012
But for some energy suppliers, this bill won't inhibit Wall Street's brazenness.High Oil Prices Are Wall Street's Fault
March 17, 2011
Before I got fired I was gnawing at the edges of my expressiveness or my brazenness.Rick Sanchez Licks His Wounds
January 9, 2011
The ‘victors’ of the Paris Commune flaunted their brazenness.The Accumulation of Capital
Even looking down at her feet steadily didn't dash her brazenness.Bunker Bean
Harry Leon Wilson
"To those who don't understand," he had the brazenness to say.A Touch Of Sun And Other Stories
Mary Hallock Foote
He had a mirthless sense of enjoyment in his own brazenness.The Shuttle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
It was the vulgarity and brazenness of the New York grisette breaking out, or the spangles and sawdust of the circus-rider.A Changed Heart
May Agnes Fleming
- 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 brazenness
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