im·​per·​ti·​nence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpər-tə-nən(t)s How to pronounce impertinence (audio) , -ˈpərt-nən(t)s \

Definition of impertinence

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
Recent Examples on the Web His suggestion not to reply to the pronoun impertinence makes good sense. WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 For her part, Ms. Pinkston likened the treatment Mr. Wright suffered on the job to the impertinence all restaurant servers endure, regardless of race. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 But Son seems more deeply affronted by the effortlessness of Justin’s existence than by the impertinence of his manner. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Slim glinted dangerously at her granddaughter and swallowed the girl’s impertinence up with a laugh. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Some might see this as youthful impertinence combined with an awkward metaphor. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Frank Chapman, the museum’s bird curator and the founding editor of Bird-Lore, the Audubon association magazine, rose from the audience to furiously condemn the pamphlet, its authors and Edge’s impertinence. Melissa Groo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 In less hectic times censors would swiftly stamp out such impertinence. The Economist, 30 Jan. 2020 Somehow, Arnautoff’s impertinence was overlooked at the time. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of impertinence

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impertinence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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im·​per·​ti·​nence | \ im-ˈpər-tə-nəns How to pronounce impertinence (audio) \

Kids Definition of impertinence

: the quality or state of being very rude or disrespectful

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