Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


or impudency

[im-pyuh-duh ns] /ˈɪm pyə dəns/
the quality or state of being impudent; effrontery; insolence.
impudent conduct or language.
Obsolete. lack of modesty; shamelessness.
Origin of impudence
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudentia shamelessness. See impudent, -ence
1. impertinence, rudeness; brass, brazenness, face, lip, boldness, presumption, sauce, pertness; nerve, gall.
1. courtesy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for impudence
Historical Examples
  • There was no knowing the extent of the impudence to which these Americans would not go!

    The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope
  • But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.

  • I do believe he had the impudence to say—to find an opportunity to do him this favour at the earliest possible moment.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • Furthermore it was immediately demonstrated that his impudence had not deserted him.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Yet I could hardly believe that even you would commit yourself to that finishing touch of impudence!

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
  • If you had said next quarter, I should have wondered at your impudence.'

  • You noticed what he said about knocking the impudence out of us?

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Then Irish impudence must cut the string of that tongue, Florry.

  • I repaid him for his impudence by shooting him through the brain.

  • These changes were regarded as impudence on the part of so unknown a man.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for impudence


the quality of being impudent
an impudent act or statement
Word Origin
C14: from Latin impudēns shameless, from im- (not) + pudēns modest; see pudency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for impudence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for impudence

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for impudence

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for impudence