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

There is something about the film’s brazen mixing of incompatible elements that defies categorization, imitation or even sober critical assessment. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Great Silence,’ a 1968 Spaghetti Western Unchained," 28 Mar. 2018 The sharing of the Rousseau technology marks the most brazen attempt to date to internationalize Europe’s populist movements. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May," 19 Feb. 2019 Illustration by Tim O’Brien for TIME As that conflict grinds on largely out of sight, Trump is leading a brazen political campaign to discredit Mueller. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 2018 Actor Dylan Sprouse, who is dating Palvin, shared a brazen photo of the pair with a light-hearted caption and called out her detractors. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dylan Sprouse Congratulates Girlfriend, Barbara Palvin on Becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel," 15 Mar. 2019 The Tribune reported in a front-page article Wednesday that while carjackings in Chicago have spiked over the last two years, juveniles’ share of arrests in the brazen crime has risen sharply as well. Jeremy Gorner,, "2 teens charged in Bucktown carjacking," 14 June 2018 The brazen escape took less than 10 minutes to play out Saturday night at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center. Meg Oliver, CBS News, "Manhunt for 2 escaped murder suspects widens to 3 states," 21 May 2018 The show's 1950s world, composed of confectionary colors, a quick-witted heroine, and compulsively low stakes, does not seem like that of two brazen contemporary writers. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 The incidents range from inadvertent damage to coral reefs to brazen pollution. San Francisco Chronicle, "federal laws didn’t prohibit discharges into the sanctuary," 2 June 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

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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a strong desire or propensity

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