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impudent

[im-pyuh-duh nt] /ˈɪm pyə dənt/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by impertinence or effrontery:
The student was kept late for impudent behavior.
2.
Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impudent- (stem of impudēns) shameless, equivalent to im- im-2 + pud- (base of pudēre to feel shame; cf. pudendum) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
Can be confused
imprudent, impudent.
Synonyms
1. insulting, rude; saucy, pert; presumptuous, fresh, brazen. See impertinent.
Antonyms
1. courteous.
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  • The scent of incense wafts down the corridors, our footsteps loud and impudent in the silence.
  • They had no need to pretend, apparently, that my affirming peroration had undone the damage of my impudent reference to the war.
  • Such questions are deemed evidence of impatience, and even of impudent curiosity.
  • When near the age of manhood, he became independent in feeling but was not impudent.
  • During the examination his conduct was arrogant and impudent almost beyond forbearance.
British Dictionary definitions for impudent

impudent

/ˈɪmpjʊdənt/
adjective
1.
mischievous, impertinent, or disrespectful
2.
an obsolete word for immodest
Derived Forms
impudently, adverb
impudentness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impudent
adj.

late 14c., from Latin impudentem (nominative impudens) "without shame, shameless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pudens "ashamed, modest," present participle of pudere "to cause shame" (see pudendum). Related: Impudently.

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