brazen

With brazen disregard for the sign that said "no cellphones please" the woman took a long call in the doctor's office waiting room. Brazen refers to something shocking, done shamelessly.

The Middle English word was brasen "made of brass," from Old English bræsen, from bræs "brass." In fact a near synonym of brazen is our English word brassy, which has the additional meaning of being loud and showy.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: brazen

1
adjv
unrestrained by convention or propriety
face with defiance or impudence
2
adj
made of or resembling brass (as in color or hardness)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: brazen
1

adj unrestrained by convention or propriety

brazen arrogance”
Synonyms:
audacious, bald-faced, barefaced, bodacious, brassy, brazen-faced, insolent
unashamed
used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame

v face with defiance or impudence

brazen it out”
Type of:
dare, defy
challenge
2

adj made of or resembling brass (as in color or hardness)

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