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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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make brazen or bold.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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
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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Examples from the Web for brazenness

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  • The ‘victors’ of the Paris Commune flaunted their brazenness.

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for brazenness

brazen

adjective
  1. shameless and bold
  2. made of or resembling brass
  3. having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
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
Derived Formsbrazenly, adverbbrazenness, noun

Word Origin

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

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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