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impudent

[im-pyuh-duh nt] /ˈɪm pyə dənt/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery:
The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
2.
Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.
Origin of impudent
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudent- (stem of impudēns) shameless, equivalent to im- im-2 + pud- (base of pudēre to feel shame; cf. pudendum) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
Synonyms
1. insulting, rude; saucy, pert; presumptuous, fresh, brazen. See impertinent.
Antonyms
1. courteous.
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Examples from the Web for impudent
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  • "You'd better not be impudent, young one," said Ben, roughly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • What do you mean by looking me in the face in that impudent manner?

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The lightness is no doubt as characteristic of Shakespeare as the impudent humour.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Even this did not make me beastly drunk, but it made me desperate and impudent.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Besides, I thought that he did not dare to make or talk of these impudent preparations.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I felt an absurd desire to smash it, for the impudent thing had been running all the while.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • None but impudent girls, he says, should run away with a man.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • You have no right to come into this room in this impudent manner.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for impudent

impudent

/ˈɪmpjʊdənt/
adjective
1.
mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
2.
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impudent
adj.

late 14c., from Latin impudentem (nominative impudens) "without shame, shameless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pudens "ashamed, modest," present participle of pudere "to cause shame" (see pudendum). Related: Impudently.

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