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impertinence

Noun

1 an impudent statement [syn: impudence, cheek]
2 the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties [syn: crust, gall, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness]
3 inappropriate playfulness [syn: perkiness, pertness, sauciness, archness]

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English

Etymology

From French impertinence

Noun

  1. Lack of pertinence; irrelevance.
  2. An instance of this; a moment of being impertinent.
  3. The fact or character of being out of place; inappropriateness.

French

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/ɛ̃.pɛʁ.ti.nɑ̃s/
  • lang=fr|/E~.pER.ti.nA~s/

Noun

impertinence
  1. Impertinence; lack of pertinence.

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