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used in Atlas Shrugged

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rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
  • She had a homely face, a bad complexion and a look of impertinent condescension derived from the fact that she belonged to one of the very best families.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (28% in)
  • This was the Ken Danagger who had never had a personal friend, had never married, had never attended a play or a movie, had never permitted anyone the impertinence of taking his time for any concern but business.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (56% in)
  • Taut like a string pulled by anger against the impertinence at one end and by admiration for the frankness at the other, Rearden answered, "I'll admit it, if you wish.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (71% in)
  • A young man with a look of chronic hurt and impertinence together, rushed up to him, crying, "I couldn't help it, Mr. Rearden!" and launched into a speech of explanation.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (94% in)
  • Rearden noted that if he had resented as impertinence Francisco's manner of proprietorship in his office, he himself was now guilty of the same attitude-because he offered no explanation for his visit, but crossed the room and sat down in an armchair, casually, as if he were at home.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (74% in)
  • Hit by a sudden, blinding hatred, in rebellion against the weed's impertinence, knowing of what enemy this was the scout, she ran forward, she fell on her knees and jerked the weed up by its roots.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (65% in)
  • Rearden realized suddenly, for the first time, that Danneskjold's face was more than handsome, that it had the startling beauty of physical perfection-the hard, proud features, the scornful mouth of a Viking's statue-yet he had not been aware of it, almost as if the dead sternness of the face had forbidden the impertinence of an appraisal.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (24% in)
  • The unnatural pallor of the moonlight seemed to dissolve the differences of their faces and to stress the quality they all had in common: a look of cautious appraisal, part fear, part plea, part impertinence held in abeyance.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (53% in)
  • I saw them reaching into my soul, just as they reach into Mulligan's pocket, reaching to expropriate the value of my person, just as they reach to expropriate his wealth-I saw the impertinent malice of mediocrity boastfully holding up its own emptiness as an abyss to be filled by the bodies of its betters-I saw them seeking, just as they seek to feed on Mulligan's money, to feed on those hours when I wrote my music and on that which made me write it, seeking to gnaw their way to...
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (84% in)
  • He wondered whether he imagined that the look on Dr. Ferris' face now seemed less tense-and more impertinent.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (10% in)
  • ...matter and spirit, a soul that seeks above all else to achieve its own moral perfection, valuing nothing higher than itself-and that the proof of an achieved self-esteem is your soul's shudder of contempt and rebellion against the role of a sacrificial animal, against the vile impertinence of any creed that proposes to immolate the irreplaceable value which is your consciousness and the incomparable glory which is your existence to the blind evasions and the stagnant decay of others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (29% in)
  • You proclaim that you need us, yet indulge the impertinence of asserting your right to rule us by force-and expect that we, who are not afraid of that physical nature which fills you with terror, will cower at the sight of any lout who has talked you into voting him a chance to command us.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (70% in)
  • There were shifting figures in half-lighted, disordered offices, there were too many firearms on everybody's hips, there were senseless questions asked of him by jerky voices that alternated between impertinence and fear.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (17% in)

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