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

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Synonyms: Adjective

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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 a statement, Detective Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo blasted elected officials over the surge in violent and brazen attacks on police officers. Fox News, "Video: New York City detective assaulted by suspect from behind," 27 Apr. 2021 When the history of cinema is written with sufficient critical distance, Hollywood’s overreliance on musical scores will seem absurd and brazen—an effort to achieve through music the emotion that’s missing from images and drama. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "2021 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win Versus Who Should," 19 Apr. 2021 Assailing law enforcement officers with projectiles and engaging in brazen robbery run counter to every concept of peaceful protest. Samuel Viskocil, Star Tribune, "Compassion, respect for law can quell the chaos," 13 Apr. 2021 Such brazen attacks have highlighted the fear that people like Amanda Ho, 60, have increasingly felt during the pandemic. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's Asian American neighborhoods will see more community patrols amid surge in attacks," 24 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Compelling Netflix documentary explores college admissions scandal," 19 Mar. 2021 Police are trying to determine a motive for the brazen attacks. Editors, USA TODAY, "Georgia killings, stimulus checks could arrive, St. Patrick's Day: 5 things to know Wednesday," 17 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "The college admissions scandal went deeper than celebs. 'Operation Varsity Blues' dives in," 17 Mar. 2021 Certain brazen, unapologetic women will never return to wearing bras. Irving Ruan, The New Yorker, "What the New Roaring Twenties Will Be Like," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Texas homeowners reportedly helped catch a 26-year-old burglary suspect during a series of at least five brazen break-ins that turned violent in a San Antonio neighborhood Monday morning, one of which was caught on camera. Fox News, "Suspect caught on Ring camera smashing through window during burglary spree: report," 28 Apr. 2021 Boylan said that the harassment grew more brazen over time. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "Cuomo’s First Accuser Raises New Claims of Harassment and Retaliation," 18 Mar. 2021 The menu is also brazen with rolls like the tuna chicharron ($24), made with crispy tuna skin. Phillip Valys,, "A new Sushi Garage rolls up Las Olas Boulevard," 30 Mar. 2021 Once everyone packed into the car — as flashy as the coyotes are brazen — the family sped off, to attempt the perilous crossing once again. New York Times, "Images of Confusion, Then Anguish: Migrant Families Deported by Surprise," 19 Mar. 2021 While Modi himself has a dismal human rights record, his administration’s reaction to the farmer protests was brazen enough to garner international headlines. Mathangi Subramanian, Harper's BAZAAR, "Farmers in India are Fighting For Their Lives," 16 Mar. 2021 The rodeo is especially brazen, given so many of those who’ve been infected here are disproportionately from Mexican American and Black neighborhoods. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: San Antonio rodeo a potential super-spreader event," 9 Feb. 2021 Researchers say that targeting security professionals en masse was notably brazen and unique, but that otherwise the campaign wasn't technically exceptional. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros," 26 Jan. 2021 Neo-Nazis—at least those not brazen enough to wear a swastika—tend to opt for less recognizable symbols. Tom Birkett, Quartz, "The history behind ‘QAnon shaman’ Jake Angeli’s far-right tattoos," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Brazen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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