- Lack of respect; rudeness: they gasped at the impertinence of the suggestionMore example sentences
rudeness, insolence, impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespectfulness, incivility; impudence, cheek, cheekiness, audacity, temerity, effrontery, nerve, gall, boldness, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness, presumptuousness, presumption, forwardnessBritish • informal sauceScottish • informal snash• informal, • dated hide, crust• archaic malapertness• rare procacity, assumption
- And politicians have the impertinence, not to mention the brass neck, to continue to wonder why the public is disillusioned with them.
- I have been in politics a while - not long enough, obviously - but I have been in politics a while and I have seen some examples of impertinence, cheek, and gall, but that last speech beats them all.
- Nevertheless, unlike other years, several of the participants seem to have minds and personalities of their own, an impertinence that hasn't gone down well with the judging panel.