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

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

The brazen heist, with thieves cutting a chain-link fence to get into the plant and smashing a truck through the front gate to get out, stunned the security guard on duty. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why did Ram truck thief leave Bible behind?," 14 May 2018 This combination of subtle and brazen nationalist revisionism captures the two-and-a-half years of PiS rule. The Economist, "Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage," 21 Apr. 2018 In 2012, this Canadian maple reserve became the focus of one of the world’s more brazen agricultural heists: the theft of some 3,000 tons of syrup, valued around $13 million. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "Maple syrup inc.: Vermont’s maple syrup tradition goes high tech, high finance," 18 Apr. 2018 The brazen lynching of the four sharecroppers horrified the country that year. Washington Post, "1946 lynching: Investigations end, hope for answers lingers," 27 Feb. 2018 Underneath them is an old Belgian workbench, tattered and brazen in a proud industrial sort of way, that Anderson deems one of his favorite finds. Lacy Morris, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Country Home Plays With Gothic Decor," 29 May 2017 The new Yeezy campaign photos for the Yeezy 500 Supermoon Yellow sneakers are bold, brazen, and very, very NSFW. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The New Yeezy Sneakers Are Here and the Pictures Are Unmissable," 13 June 2018 With the strikes attributed to Israel growing more frequent and more brazen, Iran has vowed to respond. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Analysis: Iran and Israel draw closer to war than ever," 30 Apr. 2018 And there is something particularly brazen about profiting from the addictions that killed a person, and then pillaging their reputation for more. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 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


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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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