impertinence

noun
im·per·ti·nence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpər-tə-nən(t)s , -ˈpərt-nən(t)s \

Definition of impertinence 

1 : the quality or state of being impertinent: such as

a : irrelevance, inappropriateness

b : incivility, insolence

2 : an instance of impertinence

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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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Carrie Compere also impresses mightily as Sofia, badly beaten for her perceived impertinence. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: Strong singing propels 'The Color Purple'," 21 June 2018 Connecting with the spirit world, however, explores the impertinence of the physical realm. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 Yet for all of the annoyance at the apparent impertinence of my visit, I was struck by the way the identity politics raised by Hérouxville still resonate. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Don’t Burn Women: Warning to Immigrants Looms Over a Quebec Village," 12 Apr. 2018 Stephen's fearlessness, combined with his charming impertinence, was vital to his success as a scientist, and as an individual. Anchorage Daily News, "The time I took Stephen Hawking to a cowboy bar," 16 Mar. 2018 Alden Ehrenreich offers his spin on young Solo, attempting to channel Harrison Ford’s cheeky impertinence, and Donald Glover steps into Billy Dee Williams’ shoes as young Calrissian. Libby Hill, latimes.com, "‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ releases Solo: the trailer," 5 Feb. 2018 McConnell, a Kentuckian, is guarded and gentlemanly, while Trump flashes a New Yorker’s brash, bombastic impertinence. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud," 24 Aug. 2017 McConnell, a Kentuckian, is guarded and gentlemanly, while Trump flashes a New Yorker’s brash, bombastic impertinence. Washington Post, "Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud," 24 Aug. 2017 McConnell, a Kentuckian, is guarded and gentlemanly, while Trump flashes a New Yorker's brash, bombastic impertinence. Steve Peoples And Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, "Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republican agenda," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of impertinence

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impertinence was in 1603

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impertinence

noun
im·per·ti·nence | \ im-ˈpər-tə-nəns \

Kids Definition of impertinence

: the quality or state of being very rude or disrespectful

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