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brazen

verb

adjective

  1. (unashamed)  unrestrained by convention or propriety
    Synonyms: audacious, bald-faced, bardacious [southern United States], barefaced, bodacious,...
  2. (pertaining adjective)  made of or resembling brass (as in color or hardness)

Etymology summary

Old English bræsen "of brass", from bræs "brass" + see "-en" (2). The figurative...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

brazen | brazenly [adverb, derived]

shameless and bold | made of or resembling brass | having a ringing metallic sound like that of a brass trumpet | [followed by] out or through to face ... (26 of 514 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

brazen [entry 1, adjective] | arch [synonym, sense-specific] | audacious [synonym, sense-specific] | bold [synonym, sense-specific] | bold-faced [synonym, sense-specific] | brash [synonym, sense-specific] | brassbound [synonym, sense-specific] | brassy [synonym, sense-specific] | nervy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

made of brass | sounding harsh and loud like struck brass ; of the color of polished brass | marked by contemptuous boldness (21 of 165 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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brazen [entry 2, verb] | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | beard [synonym] | brave [synonym] | face [synonym] | breast [synonym] | confront [synonym] | dare [synonym] | ...

to face with defiance or impudence [usually used in the phrase "brazen it out"] (14 of 101 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

brazen | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | brazens [3rd-person singular present] | brasen [sense-specific] | impenetrable [synonym, sense-specific] | impudent [synonym, sense-specific] | immodest [synonym, sense-specific] | barefaced [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] Pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass (in color or strength). | Sounding harsh and loud, like brass cymbals or brass instruments. | [archaic] Extremely strong; impenetrable. | Shamelessly shocking and offensive; impudent; barefaced; ... (32 of 112 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

brazen | brazen something out | brazenly [derived] | brazenness [derived]

bold and without shame | [literary, archaic] : made of brass | harsh in sound | ("brazen something out") | endure an embarrassing or difficult ... (21 of 107 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/brazen

Wikipedia:

Brazen [disambiguation]

may refer to: HMS Brazen, various ships of the British Royal Navy | Brazen class destroyer, consisting of four Royal Navy destroyers | Brazen (TV series), a British television show | "Brazen (Weep)", a song by Skunk Anansie | Captain Brazen, one of two... (40 of 107 words, 6 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

brazen | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | brazens [3rd-person singular present] | brazenly [adverb, related] | brazenness [noun, related]

Marked by flagrant and insolent audacity. | Having a loud, usually harsh, resonant sound | Made of brass. | Resembling brass, as in color or strength. ... (23 of 73 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

brazen [verb] | brazen it out

"brazen it out": to deal with a difficult or embarrassing situation by pretending that you do not care if people are shocked or offended by your ... (26 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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brazen | brazenly [adverb, related]

behaving in a way that is not moral or socially acceptable, and not caring ... | [literary] made of brass (19 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

brazen | brazen out or through [sense-specific]

shameless or impudent. | made of brass. | like brass, as in sound, color, or strength. | to make brazen or bold. | "brazen out or through": to face ... (25 of 51 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/brazen

New World Dictionary:

brazen | brazenly [adverb, related] | brazenness [noun, related]

of brass | like brass in color or other qualities | showing no shame; bold; impudent | having the ringing sound of brass; harsh and piercing (23 of 37 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brazen

Cambridge Dictionary:

brazen | brazenly [adverb, derived]

obvious, without any attempt to be hidden (7 of 27 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

brazen

showing or expressing boldness and a complete lack of shame | with an unpleasantly loud and resonant sound | made of brass or resembling it, ... (23 of 61 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

brazen

Origin: Old English bræsen "of brass", from bræs "brass" + see "-en" (2). The figurative sense of "hardened in effrontery" is 1570s (in ... (22 of 39 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

brazen | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | brazens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen ("brazen, of brass"), equivalent to brass + -en (compare golden).

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Oxford Dictionary:

brazen | brazen something out

Origin: Old English bræsen "made of brass", from bræs "brass", of unknown ultimate origin

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American Heritage Dictionary:

brazen | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | brazens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English brasen, made of brass, from Old English brǽsen, from brǽs, brass.

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New World Dictionary:

brazen

Origin: Middle English brasen from Old English bræsen from bræs, "brass"

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Collins Dictionary:

brazen

Origin: Old English bræsen, from bræsbrass

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Merriam-Webster:

brazen [entry 1, adjective]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English brasen, from Old English bræsen, from bræs brass

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Encarta Dictionary:

brazen

Origin: Old English bræsen "made of brass" from brass

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

brazen | brazened [past tense] | brazening [present participle] | brazens [3rd-person singular present]

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Collins Dictionary:

brazen

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

brazen [verb]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

brazen [verb]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

brazen

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

brazen

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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