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Definition of Impertinence


  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.
  3. That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no value.

Impertinence Quotations

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Mark Twain

When a thought takes one's breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
Thomas W. Higginson

May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
Robertson Davies

If you treat with courtesy your equal, who is privileged to resent an impertinence, how much more cautious should you be to your dependents, from whom you demand a respectful demeanor.
Robert Chambers

In many people it is already an impertinence to say 'I'.
Theodor Adorno
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Impertinence Translations

impertinence in Dutch is hondsheid, vrijpostigheid, brutaliteit
impertinence in Norwegian is nesevishet
impertinence in Spanish is impertinencia
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