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

Other Words from brazen


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for brazen

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Police are investigating the brazen theft of six new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s from the Flat Rock assembly plant early Thursday that ended in a brief chase and one suspect in custody. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 Then, in 1985, it was stolen on the day after Thanksgiving in a brazen heist and remained missing for more than 30 years. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2022 Nothing draws the news like novelty; a brief scooplet, freshly exposed, will often outweigh a brazen plot freely confessed from a presidential podium or by tweet. New York Times, 10 June 2022 The brazen killing of Pecci, a key South American partner of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has shocked Colombians and Paraguayans alike, and appeared to underscore the dangers of investigating drug trafficking in Latin America. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 The man who made national headlines after a video of his brazen Walgreens theft went viral has been sentenced to 16 months in prison, time served, and one year of probation, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Apr. 2022 The @BrooklynDiocese is announcing the #NYPD is investigating a brazen crime of disrespect and hate, which desecrated the most Holy Eucharist and altar at @StAugustineRC located in Park Slope. David K. Li, NBC News, 31 May 2022 In this wildly inventive collection of stories, Kirby explores the power of feminity in its many forms – including as brazen witches, virgins who can't be sacrificed and even cockroaches who catcallers fear. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 Visceral is a term commonly assigned to visual art that provokes us, often with brazen imagery (representational, figurative, or abstract), symbolism, and colors. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Wednesday, the wild, brazen Detroit publication launched a free digital archive, featuring every issue from its 20-year run (1969-1989) that features bylines by Lester Bangs, Patti Smith, Cameron Crowe, Dave Marsh, and more. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2022 Bourgoin’s lies ran the spectrum from pointless little fictions to brazen fabulation. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 But while there is an abundance of opportunity, there are just as many pitfalls awaiting the brand brazen enough to plunge headlong into filmmaking without putting the proper pieces in place. Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Ukraine’s largest plaza, and the nucleus of public life in the city — was seen by many Ukrainians as brazen evidence that the Russian invasion wasn’t just about hitting military targets but also about breaking their spirit., 2 Mar. 2022 In the case of this series, the whopper the guy tells is especially brazen. Andy Meek, BGR, 9 Feb. 2022 Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said trigger-pullers in the city are becoming increasingly brazen, with shootings involving multiple victims becoming more common amid an overall rise in violent crime. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2022 Unfortunately, brazen and medically uninformed politicians denying basic human rights over binary ideas of gender have left us no choice but to rally and continue to fight. Ashley Andreou, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 That Baku would extend this project to its new dominions is brazen but unsurprising. Simon Maghakyan, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Brazen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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