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  • n. impertinence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vulgar corruption of impertinence.


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  • She abandoned her first idea of rushing out and defending the cleanliness of her house by force of arms, but in place of that relieved herself in very strong language on the subject of Jack Smith generally, and of me in aiding and abetting him, and ended by announcing that she gave us both warning, and we might look-out for somebody else to stand our impudence (she called it "imperence"), for _she_ wouldn't.

    My Friend Smith A Story of School and City Life

  • “Augustus, show this imperence to the door; and if he tries to come in again, call a policeman: do you hear?”

    Mens Wives

  • HE must be thinking of falling in love too! and treating me to his imperence.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • Has for the butler, I always EBOMMINATED him for his precious snears and imperence to all us Gents who woar livry (he never would sit in our parlor, fasooth, nor drink out of our mugs); and in regard of Visp — why, it was ony the day before the wulgar beest hoffered to fite me, and thretnd to give me a good iding if I refused.

    The diary of C. Jeames De La Pluche, Esq., with his letters

  • There was a man here yesterday with his imperence.

    The Small House at Allington

  • BROWN, with his ushal raddicle imperence, says it's becoz they knos as it's for the larst time.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, November 7, 1891

  • 'Well, upon my soul, the sorcy baggage,' burst out Elizabeth with unexpected wrath, 'such imperence after me workin' an 'plannin' the way

    Our Elizabeth A Humour Novel

  • "Don't come here with your imperence!" the cook said, but she was pleased with Dicky's unmeaning compliment all the same.

    New Treasure Seekers

  • Theer's imperence for thee, an 'tha promised to another lad, an' all.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

  • "And don't try coming any o 'your imperence wi' me, my lad -- come, out ye go!"

    Peregrine's Progress


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  • Dickens has Mary use imperence of the bagman in Chapter XIV of Pickwick Papers.

    May 17, 2016