AskDefine | Define brazen

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brazen adj
1 unrestrained by convention or propriety; "an audacious trick to pull"; "a barefaced hypocrite"; "the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim"- Los Angeles Times; "bold-faced lies"; "brazen arrogance"; "the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress"- Bertrand Russell [syn: audacious, barefaced, bodacious, bold-faced, brassy, brazen-faced, insolent]
2 made of or resembling brass (as in color or hardness) v : face with defiance or impudence; "brazen it out"

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Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Impudent, immodest, or shameless.
  2. Pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass.
  3. Sounding harsh and loud, like brass cymbals or brass instruments.

Related terms

Quotations

  • 1786: Brazen or rather copper swords seem to have been next introduced; these in process of time, workmen learned to harden by the addition of some other metal or mineral, which rendered them almost equal in temper to iron. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 31.

Verb

  1. To carry through in a brazen manner. Generally used with out or through.

Quotations

  • Sabina brazened it out before Mrs. Wygram, but inwardly she was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect. — W. Black.

Extensive Definition

Brazen may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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