im·​pu·​dence | \ ˈim-pyə-dən(t)s How to pronounce impudence (audio) \

Definition of impudence

: the quality or state of being impudent

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my mother would not tolerate impudence from any of us their impudence irritated everyone at the wedding reception
Recent Examples on the Web Damon’s cornpone impudence and Bale’s volatile temperament (turning himself into a wiry Pete Postlethwaite) don’t rise to a level of mythic authenticity. Armond White, National Review, "Ford v Ferrari Makes Race-Car Movies Great Again," 22 Nov. 2019 The duo has stepped out of retirement to commemorate the day 50 years ago when CBS canceled their show over their political impudence. Washington Post, "The Smothers Brothers mark their CBS firing 50 years ago," 29 July 2019 Flynn gives Pascal a reckless impudence, all but reveling in his status as the ne'er-do-well boyfriend. Justin Chang,, "Jessie Buckley flirts with danger in the tense, uneven British thriller 'Beast'," 10 May 2018 In Brazil’s first two games at the World Cup both the USSR and Scotland had the temerity to score first, though they would be suitably punished for their impudence., "World Cup Countdown: 9 Days to Go - What if Paolo Rossi Had Still Been Banned?," 5 June 2018 But Endicott begins to see that the black homicide detective from Philadelphia has the impudence to suspect him of the crime. Walter Mosley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Walter Mosley on 'In the Heat of the Night' at 50: Does Mister Tibbs Still Matter?," 1 Mar. 2018 In perhaps the greatest impudence, at the idiosyncratic San Francisco supper club Lazy Bear, diners receive a crock of bone marrow fondue, while Vicia takes a meta approach, pairing root vegetables with pesto made from their leaves. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Golden Age of Crudités," 8 Feb. 2018 The normal tensions a president experiences with independent actors, like the media and law enforcement, strike Trump as unforgivable impudence. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Democracy Has Survived a Year of Trump. But the Fight Isn’t Over.," 23 Jan. 2018 Pinocchio is sung here by the perky soprano Chloé Briot, who infuses the role with gangly, attention-deficient impudence. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Review: ‘Pinocchio,’ the Opera, Is a Hit for a Renovated Theater," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of impudence

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Impudence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of impudence

: behavior or speech that is bold and disrespectful

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