- the quality or state of being impudent; effrontery; insolence.
- impudent conduct or language.
- Obsolete. lack of modesty; shamelessness.
Origin of impudence
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1. impertinence, rudeness; brass, brazenness, face, lip, boldness, presumption, sauce, pertness; nerve, gall.
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Examples from the Web for impudence
But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.The Boy Life of Napoleon
In spite, however, of contempt, the impudence of this Frenchman half angered him.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Their credulity increases his impudence: and his impudence overpowers their credulity.
Furthermore it was immediately demonstrated that his impudence had not deserted him.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
If you had said next quarter, I should have wondered at your impudence.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- the quality of being impudent
- an impudent act or statement
C14: from Latin impudēns shameless, from im- (not) + pudēns modest; see pudency
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Word Origin and History for impudence
late 14c., from Latin impudentia "shamelessness," noun of quality from impudens; see impudent.
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