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


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


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

Service members have sometimes attempted more brazen plans to assist immigrants on the journey north, with some even wearing their uniforms. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Two active-duty US Marines allegedly smuggled undocumented Mexican immigrants," 9 July 2019 The brazen Blue Bell licker inspired a series of copy cat criminals. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Blue Bell could add more protection to ice cream cartons after Texas licking incident," 9 July 2019 There were other acts of brazen and undisguised repression that provoked the disapproval of much of the world apart from China. Richard Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "Cambodia: A Country for Rent," 21 Feb. 2019 Press-hating autocrats, increasingly emboldened by Donald Trump’s notorious contempt for journalists, have grown brazen in recent years. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Moscow for the brazen attack on British soil, expelled 23 Russian diplomats and rallied Western allies to condemn Russia. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "U.K. Visa for Roman Abramovich, Russian Billionaire, Is Delayed," 20 May 2018 In development circles, Dulos is known for a flashy, brazen style. Josh Kovner,, "Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage," 9 June 2019 Siddiqi said the threats are not new but have been more brazen since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Muslim leaders say woman who burglarized Tempe mosque in hate video deserves chance at redemption," 7 June 2019 And, most crucially, empowerment isn’t the same thing as brazen stupidity. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale," 5 June 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 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

Adjective and Verb

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 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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