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English Dictionary: impertinence by the DICT Development Group
2 results for impertinence
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
impertinence
n
  1. an impudent statement [syn: impudence, cheek, impertinence]
  2. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
    Synonym(s): crust, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness
  3. inappropriate playfulness
    Synonym(s): impertinence, perkiness, pertness, sauciness, archness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impertinence \Im*per"ti*nence\, n. [Cf. F. impertinence. See
      {Impertinent}.]
      1. The condition or quality of being impertnent; absence of
            pertinence, or of adaptedness; irrelevance; unfitness.
  
      2. Conduct or language unbecoming the person, the society, or
            the circumstances; rudeness; incivility.
  
                     We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of
                     pedants who affect to talk in a language not to be
                     understood.                                       --Swift.
  
      3. That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no
            value.
  
                     There are many subtile impertinences learned in
                     schools.                                             --Watts.
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