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When I meet her eyes, brazen as a sailor fresh into port, she opens her mouth, as if to rip into me.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  unrestrained by convention or propriety
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brazen brazenly brazenness
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Much more rarely, "brazen" can reference something made of or resembling brass (as in color or hardness).
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  • When I meet her eyes, brazen as a sailor fresh into port, she opens her mouth, as if to rip into me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Teachers try t heir best to keep them organized, but this is a high school; the organized lines of elementary school fire drills are long gone, having been replaced by the brazen hormonal zigzags of kids whose bodies are too big for their own good.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • The short one seemed fidgety, his eyes darting, as if he’d lost his brazenness from before, and Thomas wondered if a trip to what they’d called the Central Zone always did that to a person.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The woman was surprisingly ugly—brazenly, beyond the scope of everyday ugly: tiny round eyes set tight as buttons, a long twist of a nose, skin spackled with tiny bumps, long lank hair the color of a dust bunny.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • The only way to keep from bleeding out is to take a stand against those who have already harmed you so that others will not be so brazen.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Except whereas before they’d been friendly, now they were brazen in their flirting.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • There are the as-ifcompeting pairs of lady walkers, neon-headbanded and sweat-suited, marching in their bulbous, ice-white cross-training shoes up and down the main avenue, strutting brazenly in front of the suddenly tolerant, halting weekend traffic.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "If you will come courting such a headstrong, brazen girl," he said indulgently, "then I can only give you both my blessing.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Pelor lifted his head, glaring at the Weapons Master with surprising brazenness.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • While Beans and Mutto waited, sitting brazenly across the street on Dorothy’s front steps, he led Henry into his house.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer

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  • So on a late September day in 1941, he left his house feeling a little brazen.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • Because both my brother and I could speak German and because the full villainy of the Germans was not yet evident, we brazenly questioned every German we thought might know something.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The canvas canopy sheltered the white-skinned Whitshank grown-ups, but the in-laws sat brazenly in the sun.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • My stomach flips as I see that word—Love—printed so brazenly on a book cover.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • She had sensed the audaciousness, even the brazenness of the letter as she read it; one or the other, or perhaps simple stupidity, had to impel such a communication from an insignificant parish priest to the Commandant of Auschwitz.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Elsewhere I have more stamina for these things, these acts of self-exposure; I could brazen them out.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The children of Hermes and Mercury laughed and told stories and brazenly stole things from just about everyone.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I asked, beginning to feel rather hollow, despite my earlier resolve to brazen it out.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As he wandered around I stood lookout at the head of the aisle, so shaky with nerves I sometimes worried I would black out—but soon I was filling my own pockets with apples and chocolate (other favored food items of Boris’s) before walking up brazenly to the counter to buy bread and milk and other items too big to steal.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She hasn’t got the nerve to stand up and brazen it out.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The gluttonous seagulls had brazenly eaten chunks torn from his chest and were now on to something else—a herring or a clam.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • To "look in a man’s face" is a brazen thing to do.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Her skin had coarsened, tanned from all the time they were spending in the yardsitting beneath the brazen sun.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • His carrot orange face had a broad bridge and a pink nose, and it was made up with brazen flair.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The Stoddard Temple is a brazen denial of our entire past, an insolent ’No’ flung in the face of history.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Why doesn’t the world just open its jaws like a whale and swallow this brazenness in one gulp?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • How could Pedro dare to be so brazen!
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The chaplain braced himself with a prodigious effort of the will and plunged ahead brazenly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A brazen feeling had broken loose in me, a daring something that had been locked up in my chest.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I’d felt so brazen tonight, like the Halloween costume had imbued me with a new personality, one more worthy of Adam, of my family.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Two days after arriving in the latter community, he brazenly knocked on the door of Edward Weston, who was sufficiently charmed by the overwrought young man to humor him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • At our last meeting, Ivy Starnes was the one who tried to brazen it out.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Even for you, this is a brazen act of aggression.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The bugles called to each other like brazen gamecocks.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "I was not dreaming," I said, with some warmth, for her brazen coolness provoked me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And if by some chance I was the most brazen con man he’d ever stopped, well, he wasn’t taking this any further.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • A brazen knock on her chamber door disturbed her thoughts.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I’d opened the shutters—brazenly—and the light streamed across her hair, making it gold.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Wendy screamed aloud, the sound of her cry insignificant against the blare issuing from those brazen lungs.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Holly’s voice came through the speaker then, typically brazen in the face of danger.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He could not brazen it out.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • She went and came, bearing her head well up, with a bitter smile, and was conscious that she was becoming brazen-faced.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • [3] [1] The brazen bull of Phalaris, tyrant of Agrigentum, made to hold criminals to be burned within it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It picked its road as it went striding along, and the brazen hood that surmounted it moved to and fro with the inevitable suggestion of a head looking about.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • While Davis chanted a traditional prayer-poem with his own variations, Joe mounted the box that had been placed for the purpose and opened the brazen door of the lamp.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • When these hot fits were over, however, he would rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror which lies at the roots of his soul.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • That’s the way with these people, ma’am; give ’cause a apron full of coals to-day, and they’ll come back for another, the day after to-morrow, as brazen as alabaster.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I felt completely at ease, and I somewhat brazenly smiled and nodded, as if to indicate that I had enjoyed his words, or at least the gematriya part of his words.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Sideways lashed in each of her three basketed tops were two barrels of sperm; above which, in her top-mast cross-trees, you saw slender breakers of the same precious fluid; and nailed to her main truck was a brazen lamp.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The inmates of these houses were bolder than the prostitutes of the war days and brazenly hung out of their windows and called to passers-by.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
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