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audacity

[aw-das-i-tee] /ɔˈdæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural audacities.
1.
boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
2.
effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness:
His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.
3.
Usually, audacities. audacious or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.
Origin of audacity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity
Synonyms
1. nerve, spunk, grit, temerity, foolhardiness. 2. impudence, impertinence, brashness.
Antonyms
1, 2. discretion, prudence.
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  • The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "He certainly is not lacking in audacity," thought Mr. Morgan.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.

  • Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.

  • Your coming here is an affront, an impertinence, an audacity.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for audacity
n.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin audacitas "boldness," from Latin audacis genitive of audax (see audacious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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