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[aw-dey-shuh s] /ɔˈdeɪ ʃəs/
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
First recorded in 1540-50; audaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
audaciously, adverb
audaciousness, noun
unaudacious, adjective
unaudaciously, adverb
unaudaciousness, noun
1. courageous, intrepid, dauntless, venturesome. 3. unabashed, shameless; impertinent, forward.
1. cowardly. Unabridged
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  • As a foil to his austerity, therefore, she would be audaciously gay in his presence.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "No doubt there are a few," returned Christopher audaciously.

  • “I wish to take them with me, if you please,” answered Dorothy audaciously.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • She turned leisurely, stopped her wheels, and looked at us audaciously.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • He could be so audaciously prophetic in the affairs of others.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • Never before, I venture to say, was Cape Horn so audaciously insulted.

    Sea Stories Various
  • De Maistre audaciously denies that Voltaire ever did more than dip into Locke.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Reasonably well for a queen, declared Sir James audaciously.

  • “If you are the Queen of Heaven, make them render me my dues,” said Matelinn audaciously.

    Breton Legends Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for audaciously


recklessly bold or daring; fearless
impudent or presumptuous
Derived Forms
audaciously, adverb
audaciousness, audacity (ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin audāx bold, from audēre to dare
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Word Origin and History for audaciously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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