bra·​zen | \ˈbrā-zᵊn \

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, 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


brazenly adverb
brazenness \ˈbrā-​zᵊn-​(n)əs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for brazen

Synonyms: Adjective

arch, audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen-faced, cheeky, cocksure, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, nervy, sassy, saucy, wise

Synonyms: Verb

beard, brave, breast, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Adjective

meek, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of brazen in a Sentence


He exhibited a brazen disregard for other people's feelings. a brazen demand for special treatment just because she's rich


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

A year ago, a Hatfield man was dubbed a dark web mastermind who pulled off a brazen $40 million Bitcoin heist. Aubrey Nagle,, "ICE protester sues Philly police, young Pa. farmers shake up industry | Morning Newsletter," 11 July 2018 If Mossad had found slam-dunk proof of noncompliance in their brazen heist of Iran’s nuclear archive, surely Netanyahu would have included it in his PowerPoint. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran Deal," 1 May 2018 The scheme, which also included a brazen August heist at the downtown office of a local attorney, ripped off nearly $70,000 from entities in a three-year span, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer,, "Career criminal ripped off Kent State, Land Bank, attorneys in 'sophisticated' counterfeit check scheme, prosecutors say," 2 Mar. 2018 That’s where, a year later, Stephen’s recipe for the cruffin—a croissant-muffin hybrid—was stolen in a brazen midnight heist., "Over-the-Top Croissants Are the “It” Food of 2018," 8 Jan. 2018 So why would a Korean pop icon be so brazen in showing off anti-Japan sentiment? Alex Ward, Vox, "BTS, world’s biggest K-pop band, was dropped from Japanese TV over a nuclear bomb T-shirt," 9 Nov. 2018 That said, this new move from MoviePass — while at least transparent in its blatant thirst for even just one month of addition subscription revenue — would seem to be yet another brazen overreach. Nick Statt, The Verge, "MoviePass is now forcing former users to opt out of new plan or risk being charged," 28 Sep. 2018 Some of the Twitter accounts were even more brazen and had been up for years. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.," 25 Sep. 2018 The most brazen recent example came from Kanye West, who has been hard at work to position himself as an impish referee of national discord. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Fight Songs: Can Political Debate Make Good Music?," 18 May 2018

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 Langley, for his part, tried to brazen his way through the brouhaha. Douglas Perry,, "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


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


circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brazen


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


see brazen entry 1

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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 \

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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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