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chutzpah

noun chutz·pah \ˈht-spə, ˈt-, -(ˌ)spä\

: personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others

Full Definition of CHUTZPAH

:  supreme self-confidence :  nerve, gall

Variants of CHUTZPAH

chutz·pah also chutz·pa or hutz·pah or hutz·pa \ˈht-spə, ˈt-, -(ˌ)spä\

Examples of CHUTZPAH

  1. <had the chutzpah to demand that he be treated as a special case and be given priority in settling his insurance claim>

Origin of CHUTZPAH

Yiddish khutspe, from Late Hebrew ḥuṣpāh
First Known Use: 1883

Synonym Discussion of CHUTZPAH

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger <had the temerity to refuse>. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence <an entrepreneur with audacity and vision>. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance <admired for her hardihood>. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy <outraged at his effrontery>. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery <the nerve of that guy> <has the cheek to call herself a singer> <had the gall to demand proof> <the chutzpah needed for a career in show business>.

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