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See also: Malapert
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmaləpəːt/, /maləˈpəːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmæləpɚt/, /mæləˈpɚt/
- Hyphenation: mal‧a‧pert
malapert (plural malaperts)
- (archaic) Cheeky, impudent, saucy. [from 15th c.]
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, “A Defence of Seneca and Plutarke”, in The Essayes, or, Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo. Michaell de Montaigne, Knight of the Noble Order of St. Michaell, and One of the Gentlemen in Ordinary of the French King, Henry the Third His Chamber, book II, London: Printed [...] by Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount dwelling in Paules churchyard, OCLC 946730821, page 414:
- Nevertheleſſe I finde him [Iohn Bodine] ſomewhat malapert and bolde in that paſſage of his Methode of Hiſtorie, when he accuseth Plutarke, not onely of ignorance […] but alſo that he often writeth, things altogether incredible and meerely fabulous (theſe are his very words).
[1841?], James Fergusson, “chapter VI”, in A Brief Exposition of the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, London: Thomas Ward and Co., Paternoster-Row, OCLC 15601747, page 257, column 1:
- A proud heart, evidencing itself in a saucy, malapert, aweless, and careless carriage, is most unbeseeming the condition of servants, and highly displeasing to God in them, as being opposite to that property of fear and trembling which ought to accompany their obedience: "Be obedient with fear and trembling."