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impudence

[im-pyuh-duh ns] /ˈɪm pyə dəns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being impudent; effrontery; insolence.
2.
impudent conduct or language.
3.
Obsolete. lack of modesty; shamelessness.
Also, impudency.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudentia shamelessness. See impudent, -ence
Synonyms
1. impertinence, rudeness; brass, brazenness, face, lip, boldness, presumption, sauce, pertness; nerve, gall.
Antonyms
1. courtesy.
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  • One waits in vain for him to show the slightest impudence in this film.
  • It is one with which you can laugh-with its own impudence toward foreign crises-while laughing at its rowdy spinning jokes.
  • Such impudence is unforgivable editorially and personally.
  • The law empowers the minister of interior to detain a defendant for crimes related to national security, honor, or impudence.
  • She knows she ought not to give in to ignorance and impudence, but rather than be deserted in the midst of house-cleaning.
  • It had the impudence to demand the printing at legal, rates without a circulation.
British Dictionary definitions for impudence

impudence

/ˈɪmpjʊdəns/
noun
1.
the quality of being impudent
2.
an impudent act or statement
Word Origin
C14: from Latin impudēns shameless, from im- (not) + pudēns modest; see pudency
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Word Origin and History for impudence
n.

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

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