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[im-pur-tn-uh ns] /ɪmˈpɜr tn əns/
unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
impertinent quality or action.
something impertinent, as an act or statement.
an impertinent person.
irrelevance, inappropriateness, or absurdity.
Origin of impertinence
First recorded in 1595-1605; impertin(ency) + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for impertinence
Historical Examples
  • I have already given you specimens of Mrs. Betty's impertinence.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Only the emergency could have spurred him to the point of so outrageous an impertinence.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Your coming here is an affront, an impertinence, an audacity.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • This was a little nearer to impertinence than anything she had before encountered.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • I am glad that Princess Mary is ill; they might be guilty of some impertinence towards her.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • impertinence, gayety, agility, muscle—that was what women loved in men.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I fancy you lie, sir; and you sha'n't have Harriet, for your impertinence.

  • In this impertinence is the only noteworthy fault we discover in the book.

  • You may think it a —— impertinence, but that's the way I'm made.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Your message will have need to be a weighty one, sir, to earn our patience for your impertinence.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for impertinence


disrespectful behaviour or language; rudeness; insolence
an impertinent act, gesture, etc
(rare) lack of pertinence; irrelevance; inappropriateness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for impertinence

c.1600, from French impertinence, from Medieval Latin impertinentia, from Late Latin impertinentem "not belonging" (see impertinent). Impertinency is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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