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

n the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

cheekiness, crust, freshness, gall, impertinence, insolence
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
(Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
Type of:
discourtesy, rudeness
a manner that is rude and insulting

n an impudent statement

cheek, impertinence
Type of:
discourtesy, disrespect
an expression of lack of respect

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