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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
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  • 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
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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
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