impudence

[im-pyuh-duhns]

noun

the quality or state of being impudent; effrontery; insolence.
impudent conduct or language.
Obsolete. lack of modesty; shamelessness.

Nearby words

  1. improvision,
  2. improvvisatore,
  3. imprudence,
  4. imprudent,
  5. impsonite,
  6. impudent,
  7. impudicity,
  8. impugn,
  9. impuissant,
  10. impulse

Also im·pu·den·cy.

Origin of impudence

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

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British Dictionary definitions for impudence

impudence

impudency

noun

the quality of being impudent
an impudent act or statement

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

impudence

n.

late 14c., from Latin impudentia "shamelessness," noun of quality from impudens; see impudent.

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