Definition: insolent; rude; not pertinent; N. impertinence
Definition: insolent; rude; not pertinent; N. impertinence
Sentences Containing 'impertinent'
"'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.'
'My dear,' said Mr. Micawber, with some heat, 'it may be better for me to state distinctly, at once, that if I were to develop my views to that assembled group, they would possibly be found of an offensive nature: my impression being that your family are, in the aggregate, impertinent Snobs; and, in detail, unmitigated Ruffians.'
Andrea turned towards them, and with an impertinent smile asked,``Have you any message for your father, Mademoiselle Danglars, for in all probability I shall return to Paris?''
At this rather impertinent order, Peppino raised his torch to the face of Danglars, who hastily withdrew that he might not have his eyelashes burnt.
Cavalcanti was evidently embarrassed; he bowed to Morcerf, who replied with the most impertinent look possible.
Contrary to custom, this gentleman had not been watched, for as the report ran that he was a person of high rank, and one who would allow no impertinent interference, his incognito was strictly respected.
Do you know, Mr. Elijah, that I consider you a little impertinent?"
Duffield's, it would be in every sense of the word impertinent in me to offer an opinion here.
He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.''
He is the immediate past-president of the National Tax Association, has served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force, and currently serves on the board of the Pew SubsidyScope Project. Burman blogs as "The Impertinent Economist" on Forbes.com and on the Tax Policy Center’s blog, TaxVox and has written over 120 articles on a wide range of tax and fiscal policy issues over a thirty year span.
How long shall we sit in our porticoes practising idle and musty virtues, which any work would make impertinent?
I told him of all that had occurred to make my former interference in his affairs absurd and impertinent.
In their present state of improvement, those prohibitions, perhaps, without cramping their industry, or restraining it from any employment to which it would have gone of its own accord, are only impertinent badges of slavery imposed upon them, without any sufficient reason, by the groundless jealousy of the merchants and manufacturers of the mother country.
It is in such countries only, that the public safety does not require that the sovereign should be trusted with any discretionary power, for suppressing even the impertinent wantonness of this licentious liberty.
Oh, no, no, no I wanted no impertinent interference of the law.
See therefore in the whole series and connection of thy thoughts, that thou be careful to prevent whatsoever is idle and impertinent: but especially, whatsoever is curious and malicious: and thou must use thyself to think only of such things, of which if a man upon a sudden should ask thee, what it is that thou art now thinking, thou mayest answer This, and That, freely and boldly, that so by thy thoughts it may presently appear that in all thee is sincere, and peaceable; as becometh one that is made for society, and regards not pleasures, nor gives way to any voluptuous imaginations at all: free from all contentiousness, envy, and suspicion, and from whatsoever else thou wouldest blush to confess thy thoughts were set upon.
The affected anxiety of the lawgiver, lest they should employ an improper person, is evidently as impertinent as it is oppressive.
The capricious ambition of kings and ministers has not, during the present and the preceding century, been more fatal to the repose of Europe, than the impertinent jealousy of merchants and manufacturers.
The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself with freedom and security, is so powerful a principle, that it is alone, and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions, with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations: though the effect of those obstructions is always, more or less, either to encroach upon its freedom, or to diminish its security.
While waiting, the occupant of the carriage surveyed the house, the garden as far as he could distinguish it, and the livery of servants who passed to and fro, with an attention so close as to be somewhat impertinent.
Woman, said I, sternly, I want a dish of rice tea, and not what your vanity and impudence may imagine; therefore treat me as a gentleman and a customer, and serve me with what I call for: keep your impertinent repartees and impudent behaviour for the coxcombs that swarm round your bar, and make you so vain of your blown carcase.
``My dear viscount, you are dreadfully impertinent.''
``No, that I am sure I shall not; and I think it is very impertinent of him to write to you at all, and very hypocritical.
``Would it be impertinent, Signor Sinbad,''said Franz,``to ask you the particulars of this kindness?''
More Vocab Words::: rhetoric - art of effective communication; art of using language effectively and persuasively; style of speaking or writing; grandiloquent language; Ex. political rhetoric; ADJ. rhetorical; CF. rhetorical question: question to which no answer is expected as ``Who knows it ?''
::: soothsayer - one who foretells the future
::: eclectic - selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources; selecting individual elements from a variety of sources; N. eclecticism
::: gustatory - affecting or relating to the sense of taste
::: distill - refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
::: malcontent - person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
::: sententious - pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic
::: querulous - given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
::: impolitic - not wise; not expedient; not politic
::: captious - faultfinding; too critical