impertinence

noun

im·​per·​ti·​nence (ˌ)im-ˈpər-tə-nən(t)s How to pronounce impertinence (audio)
-ˈpərt-nən(t)s
1
: the quality or state of being impertinent: such as
2
: an instance of impertinence

Examples of impertinence in a Sentence

a disciplinarian of the old school, he refused to tolerate any impertinence from his children the impertinence of deliberately ignoring waiting customers while they finished their conversation
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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of impertinence was in 1582

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“Impertinence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impertinence. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

impertinence

noun
im·​per·​ti·​nence (ˈ)im-ˈpərt-ᵊn-ən(t)s How to pronounce impertinence (audio)
-ˈpərt-nən(t)s
1
: the quality or state of being impertinent
2
: a rude act or remark

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