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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Other Words from brazen


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 The Taliban’s brazen offensive has put the Biden administration into a dangerous political bind. New York Times, "The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink," 15 Feb. 2021 In a brazen robbery caught on camera, a person jumped out of a car in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Friday and smashed the rear window of a Prius, stealing a bag with what police said was filled with a drone and camera equipment. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, "Video shows brazen San Francisco robbery near I-80 on-ramp," 6 Feb. 2021 The design is basically done, but construction was waylaid by the Trump administration in what was widely seen as brazen political punishment levied against New York officials. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Dear Secretary Pete: 9 Transportation Projects You Should Consider Right Away," 2 Feb. 2021 Its creator, Norman Lear, doubtless hoped that the America of his day would evolve for the better, that Bunkerism would fall out of favor, maybe in part because of his show’s brazen honesty. David M. Shribman,, "‘Those were (still are) the days’," 9 Jan. 2021 But the brazen attack raises new questions about preparedness for the event that welcome the new administration after a bitter election. The Associated Press,, "After Capitol siege, here's what security will look like for Biden's inauguration," 8 Jan. 2021 But the brazen attack raises new questions about preparedness for the event that will welcome a new administration after a bitter election. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, "Capitol siege raises security worries for Biden inauguration," 8 Jan. 2021 It’s the brazen acknowledgment of this reality that makes the whole enterprise so unprincipled. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "An Awesome Spectacle of Dishonesty and Opportunism," 4 Jan. 2021 The brazen daytime assassination was one of the latest in a string of targeted attacks on journalists in Afghanistan. Washington Post, "Targeted killings of journalists are on the rise across Afghanistan," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 These forces are often quiet instead of clownish; insidious, rather than brazen. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "Democrats Shouldn’t Just Restore American Democracy. They Should Reinvent It.," 9 Jan. 2021 Officials have blamed much of that violence on gang members, who police believe have grown increasingly brazen in their willingness to open fire on groups of people. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles must change use of gang injunctions under court settlement," 26 Dec. 2020 We can be appalled by these brazen shrink-the-electorate tactics, but we can’t really be shocked by them. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Texas voters were true heroes of 2020 election," 3 Nov. 2020 But Johnson said other groups have proved to be more brazen and more offensive in their actions, particularly in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions that many saw as an infringement on their freedoms. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "All states prohibit 'militia extremists' and paramilitary activities. So why aren't they stopped?," 3 Nov. 2020 While violence has not been widespread, there have been brazen pop-up efforts at causing chaos, with limited police response. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Electionland: The State of Election Day 2020," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Brazen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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