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[mass noun] Lack of respect; rudeness:‘they gasped at the impertinence of the suggestion’
rudeness, insolence, impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespectfulness, incivilityimpudence, cheek, cheekiness, audacity, temerity, effrontery, nerve, gall, boldness, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness, presumptuousness, presumption, forwardnessbrass, brass neck, neck, face, front, cockinesssaucesnashsass, sassiness, nerviness, chutzpahhide, crustmalapertnessprocacity, assumptionView synonyms
- ‘And politicians have the impertinence, not to mention the brass neck, to continue to wonder why the public is disillusioned with them.’
- ‘The impertinence of inviting us to such a mean banquet!’
- ‘Nevertheless, unlike other years, several of the participants seem to have minds and personalities of their own, an impertinence that hasn't gone down well with the judging panel.’
- ‘On one side the North Atlantic, the metallic colour of frozen-to-death, smashes and grabs at the impertinence of human habitation with corpse-white fists.’
- ‘I have been in politics a while - not long enough, obviously - but I have been in politics a while and I have seen some examples of impertinence, cheek, and gall, but that last speech beats them all.’
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