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

Definition of impudence

: the quality or state of being impudent

Examples of impudence in a Sentence

my mother would not tolerate impudence from any of us their impudence irritated everyone at the wedding reception
Recent Examples on the Web At the outset, Isabelle is confused more than disbelieving when Joan (Mikaela Rae Macias) interrupts her teenage impudence and confides these visions to her mother. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Hathaway's attempts at theatrical impudence get swatted down by thinkpiece-y dialogue. Darren Franich,, 28 Feb. 2022 Anderson’s nearly cinema-destroying impudence contrasts with Tarantino’s fan-boy romanticism in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Armond White, National Review, 14 Jan. 2022 Though the Italian word also suggests something confided, like the awful secrets Pietro and Teresa share, its primary connotations are audacity and impudence, qualities notably missing in the decidedly un-self-confident high school teacher. Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Exxon Mobil certainly has succeeded in imposing costs on the cities and counties with the impudence to challenge the company in court. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 The word connoted impudence or decadence; punks were disrespectful upstarts, petty criminals, male hustlers. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Even if the insider references to influencer culture mean nothing to you, Larray's effervescent impudence makes this lesson unforgettable. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 9 Dec. 2020 But most offensive to progressives is probably this: A white woman has the audacity and impudence to adopt and mother two black children. Tim Huelskamp, National Review, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of impudence

: behavior or speech that is bold and disrespectful

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