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IMPERTINENCE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does impertinence mean? 

IMPERTINENCE (noun)
  The noun IMPERTINENCE has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: IMPERTINENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPERTINENCE (noun)


Sense 1impertinence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An impudent statement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

impertinence; impudence; cheek

Hypernyms ("impertinence" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)


Sense 2impertinence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

insolence; cheekiness; impudence; impertinence; crust; freshness; gall

Hypernyms ("impertinence" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; rudeness (a manner that is rude and insulting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "impertinence"):

chutzpa; chutzpah; hutzpah ((Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity)


Sense 3impertinence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inappropriate playfulness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

archness; pertness; sauciness; perkiness; impertinence

Hypernyms ("impertinence" is a kind of...):

fun; playfulness (a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement)


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