bra·​zen | \ ˈbrā-zᵊn How to pronounce brazen (audio) \

Definition of brazen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of brass drinking from brazen cups
2a : sounding harsh and loud like struck brass the horrible brazen voice of the fire bell— Elmer Davis
b : of the color of polished brass
3 : marked by shameless or disrespectful boldness a brazen disregard for the rules


brazened; brazening\ ˈbrāz-​niŋ How to pronounce brazen (audio) , ˈbrā-​zᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of brazen (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to face with defiance or impudence usually used in the phrase brazen it out

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brazenly adverb
brazenness \ ˈbrā-​zᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce brazen (audio) \ noun

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Examples of brazen in a Sentence

Adjective He exhibited a brazen disregard for other people's feelings. a brazen demand for special treatment just because she's rich Verb a filmmaker willing to brazen the criticism that such a violent film was sure to provoke
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For investigative veteran Boyd, one of the most stunning parts of the story is the brazen attitude of the inmates. Phil Matier,, "D.A. inspector listens to prisoner’s phone call, uncovers huge state unemployment scam," 10 Jan. 2021 The latter’s lecture tour is a brazen act of condescension, which Bradley films patronizingly. Armond White, National Review, "The 100 Percent Pure Cliché of Prison-Reform Activism," 30 Dec. 2020 Popovich would prefer the Spurs to keep firing away from 3-point range, and be even more brazen about it., "Threes are no charm for Spurs in another loss at Houston," 18 Dec. 2020 We’ve been faced with such brazen hatred toward women with our current administration. Washington Post, "Why ‘The Craft: Legacy’ director decided to make a witch movie for woke teens," 5 Nov. 2020 Curreri’s appeal, for me, had always lived in his brazen standoffs with limitation, failure, and dissolution. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Music Writing," 10 Dec. 2020 Maryland officials have halted another fraudulent scheme to collect unemployment payouts, this one quite brazen: the fraudsters used the names Gov. Larry Hogan, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and other top officials in an attempt to get benefits. Pamela Wood,, "Scammers used names of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, other officials to seek unemployment benefits," 9 Dec. 2020 In September, reports also emerged of the butchering of Church leaders and brazen assaults of several children as young as 6, along with dozens being fatally stabbed in a sleepy village when more than 100 stormed Christian-run agriculture fields. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Nigeria’s Christians become target of genocide as international community remains silent: advocates," 18 Nov. 2020 In this sense, many experts see the president's post-election comments as the most brazen example of a long-running trend, rather than an entirely new development. NBC News, "Trump's election falsehoods 'put a smile' on the faces of dictators, observers warn," 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These forces are often quiet instead of clownish; insidious, rather than brazen. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "Democrats Shouldn’t Just Restore American Democracy. They Should Reinvent It.," 9 Jan. 2021 Officials have blamed much of that violence on gang members, who police believe have grown increasingly brazen in their willingness to open fire on groups of people. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles must change use of gang injunctions under court settlement," 26 Dec. 2020 We can be appalled by these brazen shrink-the-electorate tactics, but we can’t really be shocked by them. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Texas voters were true heroes of 2020 election," 3 Nov. 2020 But Johnson said other groups have proved to be more brazen and more offensive in their actions, particularly in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions that many saw as an infringement on their freedoms. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "All states prohibit 'militia extremists' and paramilitary activities. So why aren't they stopped?," 3 Nov. 2020 While violence has not been widespread, there have been brazen pop-up efforts at causing chaos, with limited police response. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020," 3 Nov. 2020 They are brazen in their desire to keep people away from the polls. Errin Haines, USA TODAY, "Eric Holder on the gendered impact of voter suppression," 29 Oct. 2020 Manufacturer promises that brazen beg for scrutiny. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Nissan Frontier Beat Ram TRX’s Top Speed in Our Testing—Wait, What?," 23 Oct. 2020 The letter from the county treasurer listing his virtues and accomplishments that landed in every Phoenix-area homeowner’s mailbox in recent weeks could be seen as brazen electioneering. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Here's why you received a flowery farewell letter from the Maricopa County treasurer," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of brazen


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brazen

Adjective and Verb

Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen, from bræs brass

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The first known use of brazen was before the 12th century

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Brazen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brazen

: acting or done in a very open and shocking way without shame or embarrassment


bra·​zen | \ ˈbrā-zᵊn How to pronounce brazen (audio) \

Kids Definition of brazen

1 : made of brass
2 : sounding loud and usually harsh brazen voices
3 : done or acting in a very bold and shocking way without shame He's a brazen liar.

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