from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being malapert; sauciness; impudent pertness or forwardness.
This was a cruel thing to me, and I blamed myself for my free speech; for now I have given her some pretence: and O! thought I, here I have, by my malapertness, ruined the only project I had left.
Yet he had, for his malapertness, one of his legs broken, and he that did it wished it had been his neck.
"A little backward, forsooth, but with none of the malapertness of some pages."
God, and acquainting him with what happens in the world, and that with as much confidence and malapertness, as if he was their fellow-creature, and then very gravely walk home and please themselves with a vain conceit that they are more religious than their neighbours.
Yet he had for his malapertness one of his legs broken, and he that did it wished it had been his neck.
He had, for his malapertness, one of his legs broken, and he that did it wished it had been his neck - (Holy War).
'It is blasphemous to say that God will not hear us for our presumptuous malapertness unless we invoke the saints.'
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