- extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
- extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive: an audacious vision of the city's bright future.
- recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen.
- lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.
Origin of audacious
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Examples from the Web for audacious
If true, however, this would be bribery at its most audacious—and creative.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
Record numbers of Scottish voters shot down an audacious bid to break their 300-year union with the United Kingdom.Scotland Says Resounding ‘No’ to Independence
September 19, 2014
It was audacious and global in scope, yet annoying for being unavoidable.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
The change, so audacious, so unorthodox, disconcerted the Costa Ricans.Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands: A Tale of Two Goalies
July 5, 2014
Variety taps Depardieu's "audacious performance [as] undeniably the pic's chief selling point."French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver
May 17, 2014
There was no audacious bobcat around to worry them that night.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
She was an audacious woman, and openly looked compassionately at me.Little Dorrit
It was audacious in me, but I took another liberty with Pangloss.The Uncommercial Traveller
Alice glanced at his serious face, and yielded to an audacious temptation.Alice Adams
Audacious as I was, I did not care to inquire in what room I should find them.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- recklessly bold or daring; fearless
- impudent or presumptuous
Word Origin and History for audacious
1540s, "confident, intrepid," from Middle French audacieux, from audace "boldness," from Latin audacia "daring, boldness, courage," from audax "brave, bold, daring," but more often "bold" in a bad sense, "audacious, rash, foolhardy," from audere "to dare, be bold." Bad sense of "shameless" is attested from 1590s in English. Related: Audaciously.