1. Offensively bold or disrespectful; insolent or impertinent. See Synonyms at shameless.
2. Obsolete Immodest.
[Middle English, from Latin impudēns, impudent- : in-, not; see IN-1 + pudēns, present participle of pudēre, to be ashamed.]
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