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[brey-zuh n] /ˈbreɪ zən/
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 (adj.), Old English bræsen of brass
Related forms
brazenly, adverb
brazenness, noun
outbrazen, verb (used with object)
unbrazen, adjective
unbrazenly, adverb
unbrazenness, noun
1, 3. brassy. 1. insolent, defiant. See bold. Unabridged
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  • She was bold, but not brazen; hers seemed the boldness, the directness, of a child or a savage.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • A brazen urn was carried round, in which every citizen deposited a pebble.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • A few minutes later Jocelyn came into the drawing-room, where he was waiting with a brazen face and a sinking heart.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I kissed her to keep her quiet, and, indeed, I felt that I was helpless in the hands of this brazen and cunning woman.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for brazen


shameless and bold
made of or resembling brass
having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
verb (transitive)
usually foll by out or through. to face and overcome boldly or shamelessly: the witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Derived Forms
brazenly, adverb
brazenness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bræsen, from bræsbrass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brazen

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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