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1. The quality or condition of being impertinent, especially:
a. Insolence.
b. Irrelevance.
2. An impertinent act or statement.


(ɪmˈpɜːtɪnəns) or


1. disrespectful behaviour or language; rudeness; insolence
2. an impertinent act, gesture, etc
3. rare lack of pertinence; irrelevance; inappropriateness


(ɪmˈpɜr tn əns)

1. unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
2. impertinent quality or action.
3. something impertinent.
4. irrelevance; inappropriateness.


 of pedlars—Lipton, 1970.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impertinence - an impudent statement
discourtesy, disrespect - an expression of lack of respect
2.impertinence - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
3.impertinence - inappropriate playfulness
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"


noun rudeness, nerve (informal), cheek (informal), face (informal), front, neck (informal), sauce (informal), presumption, disrespect, audacity, boldness, chutzpah (U.S. & Canad. informal), insolence, impudence, effrontery, backchat (informal), brass neck (Brit. informal), incivility, brazenness, forwardness, pertness The impertinence of the boy is phenomenal!




[ɪmˈpɜːtɪnəns] N (= cheek) → impertinencia f, insolencia f
what impertinence!; the impertinence of it!¡qué impertinencia!, ¡habráse visto qué insolencia!
an impertinenceuna impertinencia
it would be an impertinence to askpreguntar sería una impertinencia


[ɪmˈpɜːrtɪnəns] nimpertinence f


nUnverschämtheit f, → Impertinenz f (dated); what impertinence!, the impertinence of it!so eine Unverschämtheit!; to ask would be an impertinencees wäre unverschämt zu fragen


[ɪmˈpɜːtɪnns] nimpertinenza


(imˈpəːtinənt) adjective
impudent or rude. She was impertinent to her teacher.
imˈpertinently adverb
imˈpertinence noun
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Come away, Impertinence, and don't shock my family by calling me names before their faces," answered Amy, resolving that there should be a home with a good wife in it before she set up a salon as a queen of society.
I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness.
Before I had time to deal with that, however, he continued as if with the sense that this was an impertinence to be softened.
The impertinence of the Eltons, which for a few minutes had threatened to ruin the rest of her evening, had been the occasion of some of its highest satisfactions; and she looked forward to another happy resultthe cure of Harriet's infatuation.
To the former her raillery was probably, as far as it regarded only himself, perfectly indifferent; but to the latter it was at first incomprehensible; and when its object was understood, she hardly knew whether most to laugh at its absurdity, or censure its impertinence, for she considered it as an unfeeling reflection on the colonel's advanced years, and on his forlorn condition as an old bachelor.
He'll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again.
It would be an impertinence elsewhere, but it is not so here, to ask your name and condition?
But apt the Mind or Fancie is to roave Uncheckt, and of her roaving is no end; Till warn'd, or by experience taught, she learne, That not to know at large of things remote From use, obscure and suttle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime Wisdom, what is more, is fume, Or emptiness, or fond impertinence, And renders us in things that most concerne Unpractis'd, unprepar'd, and still to seek.
After about two hours the court retired, and I was left with a strong guard, to prevent the impertinence, and probably the malice of the rabble, who were very impatient to crowd about me as near as they durst; and some of them had the impudence to shoot their arrows at me, as I sat on the ground by the door of my house, whereof one very narrowly missed my left eye.
It is full time that boy went to herding," said the head-man, while Buldeo puffed and snorted at Mowgli's impertinence.
One company of unusual impertinence, without money or patents, had capitalized its audacity at $15,000,000.
Speak with less impertinence, master thief of extra measure," replied the commissary, "if you don't want me to make you hold your tongue in spite of your teeth.