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 In many ways, this remains Kraftwerk’s most remarkable achievement: writing songs that somehow sound both careful and totally brazen. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Florian Schneider-Esleben, of Kraftwerk, Took Music to Uncharted Territory," 6 May 2020 Actually, Richardson’s playing — melodic and brazen and scrawled; circling more than slicing, which is unusual for him — is consistently among the best things about this album. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mavis Staples’s Soulful Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs," 3 Apr. 2020 Their deaths were followed about two weeks later by the brutal and brazen slaying of Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg in Toronto’s busy Entertainment District. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "One year after his death, XXXTentacion left a triumphant, tragic, troubled legacy," 18 June 2019 All quarterbacks are known to get clobbered, and not investing in a successor may seem dangerous, even brazen. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Philip Rivers, once again, could yield Draft Night dividend for Chargers," 24 Apr. 2018 In the movie’s view, Tassone is a divided personality, whose brazen venality is balanced by a real talent for shaping the district’s educational policies—though those, again, go completely unexplained. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "HBO’s Narrow Dramatization of a Real School Scandal on Long Island in “Bad Education”," 24 Apr. 2020 From dirty tricks to media manipulation, brazen lies about crowd sizes to the weaponization of privilege, her ghost is everywhere, and it may never be banished. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The First Great TV Series of the Year," 17 Apr. 2020 And at worst, the petition is a brazen attempt to pressure broadcasters to squelch their coverage of a president that Free Press dislikes and silence other commentators with whom Free Press disagrees. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'We will not censor the news': FCC won't investigate airing of Trump coronavirus briefings," 6 Apr. 2020 On March 25 Turkish officials indicted 20 Saudi nationals in the ongoing pursuit for answers surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s brazen killing in Istanbul in 2018 and the Saudi crown prince’s role. James Nosek, Fortune, "These 10 journalists have been wrongly punished for covering the coronavirus crisis and other important topics," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 42nd president and the 45th — Bill Clinton and Trump — are masters at brazening out. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Biden accused, &c.," 1 May 2020 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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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brazen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazen. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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