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  1. the quality or state of being impudent; effrontery; insolence.
  2. impudent conduct or language.
  3. Obsolete. lack of modesty; shamelessness.
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Also im·pu·den·cy.

Origin of impudence

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin impudentia shamelessness. See impudent, -ence

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Related Words for impudence

impertinence, sass, rudeness, gall, brass, chutzpah, insolence, effrontery, brassiness

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Historical Examples of impudence

  • But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.

    The Boy Life of Napoleon

    Eugenie Foa

  • In spite, however, of contempt, the impudence of this Frenchman half angered him.

  • 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.'

British Dictionary definitions for impudence



  1. the quality of being impudent
  2. an impudent act or statement
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Word Origin for impudence

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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