impudent

adjective
im·​pu·​dent | \ ˈim-pyə-dənt How to pronounce impudent (audio) \

Definition of impudent

1 : marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others : insolent
2 obsolete : lacking modesty

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Other Words from impudent

impudently adverb

Examples of impudent in a Sentence

As in the sixties, being young then was in itself an empowerment; writing under Harding and Coolidge was impudent fun. — John Updike, New Yorker, 25 Apr. 1988 Or it was he who was bruiting it about, with his princely dark head thrown back in impudent laughter, that he was going to be king. — Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984 When I refused to be the child they knew and accepted me to be, I was called impudent and my muteness sullenness. — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969 The boy was punished for his impudent behavior. the guest's impudent inquiries about the cost of just about everything we had in the house
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Recent Examples on the Web The artist Cameron Rowland read from a letter written by a South Carolina planter, detailing disobedience on his plantation—a litany of impudent acts that the planter seemed not to realize constituted a campaign of sly subversion. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life," 19 Oct. 2020 The films, based on Ian Fleming’s novels, focused on a British spook who was impudent and resourceful, a wizard with women and weaponry, and impeccably dressed but capable of back-alley brutishness. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Honor Blackman, actress who played a Bond woman in ‘Goldfinger,’ dies at 94," 7 Apr. 2020 Belafonte and Altman, working before the era of wokeness and politically correct orthodoxy, had the impudent genius to be provocative. Armond White, National Review, "Kansas City: Belafonte’s Greatest Political Lecture on Film," 11 Mar. 2020 Even though the subject here is death, every one of the film’s 89 minutes represents an impudent momentary defiance of it. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dick Johnson Is Dead': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 The flies were so many, and so impudent, that the students gave up swatting them from their faces. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View," 10 July 2019 On occasion, Donald Trump has made impudent remarks, which rather than raising awareness or opening a dialogue, have tended to affirm unconscious biases. Gene Baur, Fortune, "Immigrant Farm Workers Endure Inhumane Conditions. Here’s What We Can Do," 8 June 2018 Cruyff was a master of flicks, feints, impudent shots and passes that described arcing lines of beauty. The Economist, "When drama and beauty turn the World Cup into art," 7 June 2018 Among people close to Trump, Hicks was sometimes viewed as a moderating force on a nontraditional and impudent president, though that role has sometimes been overstated. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump's 'mini me' could (partly) fill Hicks' void," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of impudent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for impudent

Middle English, from Latin impudent-, impudens, from in- + pudent-, pudens, present participle of pudēre to feel shame

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“Impudent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impudent. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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impudent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impudent

formal : failing to show proper respect and courtesy : very rude

impudent

adjective
im·​pu·​dent | \ ˈim-pyə-dənt How to pronounce impudent (audio) \

Kids Definition of impudent

: bold and disrespectful : very rude an impudent remark an impudent child

Other Words from impudent

impudently adverb

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