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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 of impudent
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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Examples from the Web for impudently
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  • "But the waves will accomplish that—not your very worthy novels," said Lacy, impudently.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • The fellow was unexpectedly vulgar, heavy, and impudently unintelligent.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It was no more than I expected that the bait should be by and by impudently deserted.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • "I stick by what I've jus' said, Perksie," he went on, impudently.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The truth was that his long and ardent—yet somehow not impudently ardent—look at her had stirred the dust and ashes in her heart.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • We could hear them impudently singing: "O soldiers, won't you meet us."

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • It is useless to observe, that all this story was impudently false.

  • Now we'll see whether you can defy me so impudently, you sly baggage!

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • They have come down to us from what we impudently call the lower animals.

  • "I wasn't born yesterday," said Dink impudently, gesturing with his spoon.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for impudently

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 impudently

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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