Another klinton character trait

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Sat May 11 15:40:19 MDT 2002


impudicity \im-pyoo-DIH-suh-tee\ (noun)


: lack of modesty : shamelessness Example sentence:

"How can you shop with the required impudicity when everyone you know is
getting pink slips for Christmas?" (Laura Billings, _Saint Paul Pioneer
Press_, December 23, 2001)

Did you know?
"Impudicity" looks like a highfalutin synonym of "impudence," and in
fact, the two words did once share a meaning; "impudence" (which
currently implies contemptuous boldness or disrespect) has an earlier and
now-obsolete sense of "lacking modesty." Both words ultimately come from
the Latin verb "pudere," meaning "to feel shame." "Impudicity" arrived in
English in the 16th century from the Middle French "impudicite,"
which in turn derived from the Latin "impudicus," meaning "immodest."
"Impudicus" joins the negative prefix "im-" with "pudicus" ("modest"), an
offspring of "pudere." "Impudent"
appeared in the 14th century from the Latin "impudentia," which comes
from "im-" and "pudens," the present participle of "pudere." These days,
"impudicity" is much rarer than its synonyms "shamelessness" and
"immodesty," but it still turns up occasionally.

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