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Impertinence Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    impertinence n
  1. an impudent statement [syn: impudence, cheek]
  2. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties [syn: crust, gall, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness]
  3. inappropriate playfulness [syn: perkiness, pertness, sauciness, archness]
Impertinence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Impertinence \Im*per"ti*nence\, n. [Cf. F. impertinence. See Impertinent.]
  1. The condition or quality of being impertnent; absence of pertinence, or of adaptedness; irrelevance; unfitness.
  2. Conduct or language unbecoming the person, the society, or the circumstances; rudeness; incivility. We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of pedants who affect to talk in a language not to be understood. --Swift.
  3. That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no value. There are many subtile impertinences learned in schools. --Watts.
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    • Vancouver gelato master ‘desserts’ Canada for snack’s birthplace
      How can anyone without that beautiful Italian “o” at the end of his name possibly win the Gelato World Tour Championship, to be held next month in the country that gave birth to what is likely the world’s favourite dessert? “Well, I don’t know,” laughed James Coleridge at the impertinence. “But I’m going there to win.” Read more on this news related to 'Impertinence'

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