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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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 Mena, who’s known for her brazen beauty looks, went all out on her glam for the fancy fete. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "We Can't Get Over Erica Mena's Rose Gold Hair," 26 Nov. 2019 But parts of that reporting have also been captured in a series of WIRED magazine features, which have charted the arc of Sandworm's rise and catalogued some of its most brazen attacks. Wired, "The Story of Sandworm, the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers," 5 Nov. 2019 Houston bank branches have been hit with a steady beat of armored truck heists in recent years that involve brazen attacks on couriers. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Armored car employee shot to death in heist in Forest Pines," 24 Oct. 2019 The two men were arrested the same day as Syahril Alamsyah, a militant who uses the nom de guerre Abu Rara, attacked Indonesia’s top security minister, Wiranto, in a brazen knife attack, Widjaja said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indonesia nabs 2 accused of planning to attack Bali police," 12 Oct. 2019 There is no serious talk of anyone blocking an extension, despite brazen threats in London that Britain will disrupt EU business and even limit future security co-operation if a delay is granted. The Economist, "As Brexit talks founder, yet another delay looms," 10 Oct. 2019 This is seen not just through brazen killings, like that of Glanprasert, but also through financial schemes used by the country’s wealthy. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How Thailand’s Rich Escape Prosecution," 18 Sep. 2019 Six men have been arrested so far and police are looking for one more suspect in the brazen attack. NBC News, "Video shows moment David Ortiz is shot in the Dominican Republic," 13 June 2019 From his first hours in office, Donald Trump's presidency has seemed like a brazen attempt to use the instruments of governmental power for his personal political gain. Stephen Collinson Cnn, CNN, "All the revelations of the past 24 hours in Washington, DC," 5 Nov. 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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13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Brazen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazened. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for brazen

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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