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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. 2017.
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  • Goaded into fury by the impertinence of a boy, he had used insulting words.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Dost thou mean to say I am conceited, little piece of impertinence?

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Page 234The stranger looked at him as if strongly disposed to chastise his impertinence.

    Jack Sheppard William Harrison Ainsworth
  • But when they are taken to their native soil the glass would be an impertinence.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Then certain expressions, the impertinence of which had not struck him at first, chilled him now.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Would it be an impertinence to ask for an explanation that I might comprehend?

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • It is an impertinence, this theory, and an insult to natural human instincts.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • To the Commander himself I should consider the mere suggestion an impertinence.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Every pen stopped, every head was raised, astounded by my impertinence.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Rank had then a greater privilege of impertinence than it has to-day.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
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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