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

Other Words from brazen


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for brazen

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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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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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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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