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English Dictionary: impudence by the DICT Development Group
2 results for impudence
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Impudence \Im"pu*dence\ ([icr]m"p[usl]*d[eit]ns), n. [L.
      impudentia: cf. F. impudence. See {Impudent}.]
      The quality of being impudent; assurance, accompanied with a
      disregard of the presence or opinions of others;
      shamelessness; forwardness; want of modesty.
               Clear truths that their own evidence forces us to
               admit, or common experience makes it impudence to deny.
               Where pride and impudence (in fashion knit) Usurp the
               chair of wit.                                          --B. Jonson.
      Syn: Shamelessness; audacity; insolence; effrontery;
               sauciness; impertinence; pertness; rudeness.
      Usage: {Impudence}, {Effrontery}, {Sauciness}. Impudence
                  refers more especially to the feelings as manifested
                  in action. Effrontery applies to some gross and public
                  exhibition of shamelessness. Sauciness refers to a
                  sudden pert outbreak of impudence, especially from an
                  inferior. Impudence is an unblushing kind of
                  impertinence, and may be manifested in words, tones,
                  gestures, looks, etc. Effrontery rises still higher,
                  and shows a total or shameless disregard of duty or
                  decorum under the circumstances of the case. Sauciness
                  discovers itself toward particular individuals, in
                  certain relations; as in the case of servants who are
                  saucy to their masters, or children who are saucy to
                  their teachers. See {Impertinent}, and {Insolent}.
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