impertinency

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im·per·ti·nen·cy

 (ĭm-pûr′tn-ən-sē)
n. pl. im·per·ti·nen·cies
Impertinence.

im•per•ti•nence

(ɪmˈpɜr tn əns)

n.
1. unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
2. impertinent quality or action.
3. something impertinent.
4. irrelevance; inappropriateness.
[1595–1605]
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These were, however, in all probability, nothing more than eyelashes in a wrong place, as the eyes of Miss Brass were quite free from any such natural impertinencies. In complexion Miss Brass was sallow--rather a dirty sallow, so to speak--but this hue was agreeably relieved by the healthy glow which mantled in the extreme tip of her laughing nose.
There must be romance of character, or the most fastidious exclusion of impertinencies will not avail.
I should undoubtedly be offended by such proceedings at home, because there they are not the custom, and where they are not, they would be impertinencies; but in America, the only desire of a good- natured fellow of this kind, is to treat his guests hospitably and well; and I had no more right, and I can truly say no more disposition, to measure his conduct by our English rule and standard, than I had to quarrel with him for not being of the exact stature which would qualify him for admission into the Queen's grenadier guards.
As founding members of the Easy Club in 1712, Ramsay and his cronies sought 'by a Mutual improvement in Conversation' to 'become more adapted for fellowship with the politer part of mankind and Learn also from one another's happy Observations to abhor all Such Nauseous fops as are by their Clamorous impertinencies the Bane and Destruction of all Agreeable Society[.]'.
"Above all, any remaining errors, impertinencies and imbecilities are entirely my responsibility", Mr Nadeem said.