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Pronunciation:  im'purtnuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  inappropriate playfulness
  2. [n]  the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
  3. [n]  an impudent statement

IMPERTINENCE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: archness, cheek, cheekiness, crust, freshness, gall, impudence, impudence, insolence, perkiness, pertness, sauciness
 See Also: back talk, backtalk, discourtesy, discourtesy, disrespect, fun, lip, mouth, playfulness, rudeness, sass, sassing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*per"ti*nence\, n. [Cf. F. impertinence. See
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

         There are many subtile impertinences learned in
         schools.                              --Watts.

Thesaurus Terms
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