When you show impudence, you lack shame about your rude behavior. Examples of impudence? Not tipping the waiter, sticking your tongue out, tripping your grandmother — you get the picture.

The noun impudence is derived from the Latin impudentia, "shamelessness." Being rude is a main trait of impudence; another is doing something you're not supposed to do — usually with an attitude that shows you don't care. When you are acting with impudence, you are usually overstepping your boundaries — like a kid who challenges his parents and can't accept "Because I said so!" as a reason for discipline.

Definitions of impudence
  1. noun
    the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
    synonyms: cheekiness, crust, freshness, gall, impertinence, insolence
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    chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
    (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
    type of:
    discourtesy, rudeness
    a manner that is rude and insulting
  2. noun
    an impudent statement
    synonyms: cheek, impertinence
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    type of:
    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
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