brazen

adjective
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

brazen

verb
brazened; brazening\ ˈbrāz-​niŋ How to pronounce brazening (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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Other Words from brazen

Adjective

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

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 The state is home to Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the most powerful and brazen criminal groups in Mexico. Fox News, "At least 44 bodies stuffed in over 100 bags discovered buried in well in Mexico," 16 Sep. 2019 Roselyn Keo was portrayed in Hustlers by Constance Wu The scam was simple but brazen. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Strip Club Scam Featured in Movie Hustlers: 'It's a Rush,' Says Ex-Stripper," 13 Sep. 2019 Domingo’s sometimes brazen backstage pursuits were an open topic of discussion, according to a number of singers and others in the industry. Washington Post, "Singer says opera’s Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast," 7 Sep. 2019 Andreessen Horowitz, the savviest and most brazen venture capital firm on Sand Hill Road, understands this history well. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Inside the Private Meeting of Top Crypto Investors and Government Officials—Data Sheet," 5 Sep. 2019 Whitman, emboldened by the praise, followed up with an even more brazen act and published the letter in the next edition of Leaves of Grass without Emerson’s permission. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "Walt Whitman, an American," 31 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the most brazen murder in 2018 was of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 One of the most brazen examples came early in his term, when Sean Spicer, then the White House press secretary, was touting government statistics showing job growth. Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: How much damage did he do?," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s brazen, bold—and ultimately became signature Owens. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Neither Russia nor China has qualms about selling weapons to even brazen human-rights violators. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 The early April shooting was brazen even for a community that has been wracked by gun violence for decades. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "4 shot, 2 dead, 2 arrests. Now Miami police searching for 3rd suspect | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Neither Russia nor China has qualms about selling weapons to even brazen human-rights violators. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 The early April shooting was brazen even for a community that has been wracked by gun violence for decades. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "4 shot, 2 dead, 2 arrests. Now Miami police searching for 3rd suspect | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Langley, for his part, tried to brazen his way through the brouhaha. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Bizarre Portland vice scandal in 1950s riveted nation -- but did it lead to city becoming 'progressive'?," 12 Dec. 2017 Despite his reputation, many experts agree that behind the bombast and cult of personality lies a rational, if brazen, leader who sees nuclear weapons as his only hope for survival. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Kim rules: What the North Korean leader's unexpected directions for his country mean for the US," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of brazen

Adjective

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

Verb

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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brazen

adjective
How to pronounce brazen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of brazen

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

brazen

adjective
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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