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impertinence

[im-pur-tn-uh ns] /ɪmˈpɜr tn əns/
noun
1.
unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
2.
impertinent quality or action.
3.
something impertinent, as an act or statement.
4.
an impertinent person.
5.
irrelevance, inappropriateness, or absurdity.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; impertin(ency) + -ence
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Examples for impertinence
  • It is an impertinence, and it is not likely to give pleasure.
  • The unities, the fictions of the piece it would be an impertinence to break.
  • One mark of a good prime minister is the ability to suffer impertinence with good grace.
  • With a touch of impertinence, teens top the tennis world.
  • Degas had sent him a letter of such impertinence that the falling out had been for good.
  • Where more than twenty interpretations hold the field, the addition of one more cannot be deemed an impertinence.
  • Thus began, with my shocking impertinence, my first lesson in network nervousness.
  • Inevitably, there was restlessness within the group, sometimes even impertinence.
  • If you do not choose to understand me, forgive my impertinence.
  • Advice in such a ease may well be called impertinence.
British Dictionary definitions for impertinence

impertinence

/ɪmˈpɜːtɪnəns/
noun
1.
disrespectful behaviour or language; rudeness; insolence
2.
an impertinent act, gesture, etc
3.
(rare) lack of pertinence; irrelevance; inappropriateness
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Word Origin and History for impertinence
impertinence
c.1600, from Fr. impertinence, from impertinent (see impertinent).
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