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brazen

[brey-zuh n] /ˈbreɪ zən/
adjective
1.
shameless or impudent:
brazen presumption.
2.
made of brass.
3.
like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make brazen or bold.
Verb phrases
5.
brazen out/through, to face boldly or shamelessly:
He prefers to brazen it out rather than admit defeat.
Origin
1000
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
Synonyms
1, 3. brassy. 1. insolent, defiant. See bold.
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British Dictionary definitions for brazenly

brazen

/ˈbreɪzən/
adjective
1.
shameless and bold
2.
made of or resembling brass
3.
having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet
verb (transitive)
4.
usually foll by out or through. to face and overcome boldly or shamelessly: the witness brazened out the prosecutor's questions
5.
to make (oneself, etc) bold or brash
Derived Forms
brazenly, adverb
brazenness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bræsen, from bræsbrass
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Word Origin and History for brazenly

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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