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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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 Even if the insider references to influencer culture mean nothing to you, Larray's effervescent impudence makes this lesson unforgettable. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Music Videos of 2020: Staff Picks," 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, "Barrett’s Treatment by the Left Exposes Their Racial Hypocrisy," 15 Oct. 2020 Teachers who mistake his wisdom for impudence are made to fall down in a faint. Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, "J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Sees the World as Don Quixote Does," 26 May 2020 Beach Boys heads beg to differ: Blaine’s sly shuffle and anxious fills nail the impudence and insecurity of puppy love. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Hal Blaine: Every No. 1 Hit The Wrecking Crew Drummer Played On," 12 Mar. 2019 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

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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 8 May. 2021.

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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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