brazen

adjective
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

brazen

verb
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

Adjective

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

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: 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 This was accompanied by still more brazen dishonesty about the right’s dedication to protecting Medicare and Social Security. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Trump Has Never Looked More Comfortable as a Demagogue," 5 Feb. 2020 Rarely a day goes by without a news story of violent street crime involving juveniles, who seem to have suddenly become younger and more brazen. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Michael Walker is losing his eyesight but not his vision in a quest to make Cleveland safer: Phillip Morris," 2 Feb. 2020 And like so many stories of Bay Area property crime recently, the acts are getting increasingly brazen. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "It’s goodbye Beach Chalet and hello Safeway for increasingly brazen SF car break-in thieves," 31 Jan. 2020 The more brazen simply walked uncovered in the streets, risking ten years in prison. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 The once brazen International Style could now be found everywhere, its Platonic forms duly copied out in diluted, increasingly mundane degrees of fidelity to the thrilling European originals. Jordan Orlando, The New Yorker, "The Once and Future MOMA," 26 Jan. 2020 The Katy Police Department is investigating a brazen daylight robbery at the Jared Vault Jewelry outlet in Katy Mills Mall. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Watch thieves rob Jared Vault in Katy Mills Mall," 22 Jan. 2020 The company was engaged in a brazen off-label marketing push, trying to get an old drug called Actimmune used as a treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a serious and deadly lung disease. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The ghosts of JPMs past: How 20 years of deals, scandal, and science have shaped health care," 9 Jan. 2020 Lundberg and her onetime boyfriend, Scott Kennedy, a former Buffalo Grove executive, were charged in 2017 with a brazen fraud scheme, the details of which the Tribune revealed in a front-page story in August 2017. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-escort gets more than 4 years in prison for nearly $6 million fraud," 9 Dec. 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 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, OregonLive.com, "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

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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The first known use of brazen was before the 12th century

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8 Feb 2020

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“Brazen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brazenness. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for brazen

brazen

adjective
How to pronounce brazen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of brazen

: acting or done in a very open and shocking way without shame or embarrassment

brazen

adjective
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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