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Definitionrude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
- He'll love and hate equally under cover, and esteem it a species of impertinence to be loved or hated again.Chapter 1 (54% in)
- He ventured this remark without any intention to insult; but Heathcliff's violent nature was not prepared to endure the appearance of impertinence from one whom he seemed to hate, even then, as a rival.Chapter 7 (58% in)
- 'You are an impertinent little monkey!' exclaimed Mrs. Linton, in surprise.Chapter 10 (68% in)
- Hareton and the woman laughed, and she joined them, and waxed more impertinent still; till I cried, in great irritation, — 'Well, Miss Cathy, if you were aware whose house this is you'd be glad enough to get out.'Chapter 18 (59% in)
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