brazen

[brey-zuhn]

adjective

shameless or impudent: brazen presumption.
made of brass.
like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.

verb (used with object)

to make brazen or bold.

Verb Phrases

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 for brazen

1. insolent, defiant. 1, 3. brassy.

Synonym study

1. See bold.
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Examples from the Web for brazenness

Contemporary Examples of brazenness

Historical Examples of brazenness

  • With this sagacity of leadership Gompers has combined a fearlessness that sometimes verges on brazenness.

    The Armies of Labor

    Samuel P. Orth

  • He had a mirthless sense of enjoyment in his own brazenness.

    The Shuttle

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • There certainly was a daring and brazenness in a young girl carrying on so before a total stranger.

    The Place Beyond the Winds

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • Her fresh complexion contrasted with their painted cheeks; her simple grace with their brazenness and vulgarity.

    The Great Gold Rush

    W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis

  • "To those who don't understand," he had the brazenness to say.



British Dictionary definitions for brazenness

brazen

adjective

shameless and bold
made of or resembling brass
having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet

verb (tr)

(usually foll by out or through) to face and overcome boldly or shamelesslythe witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Derived Formsbrazenly, adverbbrazenness, noun

Word Origin for brazen

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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