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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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  • His royal pride was further humbled: with my lacerated hands, I audaciously forced open his jaws.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • "No doubt there are a few," returned Christopher audaciously.

  • She looked up at him audaciously, and he on his side could not take his eyes from her, so singular was the small, sparkling face.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • “I wish to take them with me, if you please,” answered Dorothy audaciously.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • But it had never before been manifested to her audaciously in the human face.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • As a foil to his austerity, therefore, she would be audaciously gay in his presence.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • White Scalper had disappeared with the unhappy victim whom he had so audaciously carried off.

    The Freebooters Gustave Aimard
  • De Maistre audaciously denies that Voltaire ever did more than dip into Locke.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Soon after the arrival of the additional troops, Yermak audaciously started out to make further conquests.

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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