Word of the DayTuesday, December 14, 2010
\BREY-zuhn\ , adjective;
Shameless or impudent.
And she was so open, even brazen, about it - brazen in regard both to him and to the rest of the guests - that he had not known whether to be overjoyed or, in case it was a mark of disdain, upset.
-- Thomas Mann, John E. Woods, The Magic Mountain
Yet despite that, and a brazen, unconcealed admiration, there was not lacking kindliness and sympathy and good nature.
-- Zane Grey, The border legion
Brazen has its source in an Old English form of the same word, meaning "of brass." When the Z was introduced to the English alphabet, meaning and spelling seemed to have shifted.
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