Origin of impudentMiddle English from Classical Latin impudens from in-, not + pudens, modest, origin, originally present participle of pudere, to feel shame
An example of impudent is a mistress announcing her relationship at a dinner party with her lover's wife present.
- Offensively bold or disrespectful; insolent or impertinent. See Synonyms at shameless.
- Obsolete Immodest.
Origin of impudentMiddle English from Latin impudēns impudent- in- not ; see in- 1. pudēns present participle of pudēre to be ashamed
(comparative more impudent, superlative most impudent)
From Middle French impudent, from Latin impudēns (“shameless”).
- "He is the most impudent and opiniative fellow I ever knew," said Wolfe Tone.
- Macpherson, whose Fingal had been treated in the Journey as an impudent forgery, threatened to take vengeance with a cane.
- "Don't be impudent, Eureka," admonished Dorothy.
- "Impudent fellows!" said the prince.
- The discovery that the poet had printed secretly 1500 copies of The Patriot King caused him to publish a correct version in 1749, and stirred up a further altercation with Warburton, who defended his friend against Bolingbroke's bitter aspersions, the latter, whose conduct was generally reprehended, publishing a Familiar Epistle to the most Impudent Man Living.