- boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
- effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness: His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.
- Usually audacities. audacious or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.
Origin of audacity
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Examples from the Web for audacity
In the end, talent and technique got the better of ardor and audacity.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium
July 1, 2014
They have a great sense of performance, bravado, and audacity.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’
May 23, 2014
As David Plouffe detailed in his book, The Audacity To Win, the campaign had committed in writing to stay in the federal system.Federal Campaign Funds: Easier Money
April 2, 2014
In real life both men shared the gift of audacity; they were subversive, dissident and seductive.Lawrence of Arabia Became Popular as the Dashing Antithesis of the War in Europe
December 21, 2013
It had to do with me having the audacity to mock their new savior Ted Cruz.The Tea Party’s War on Comedy
October 24, 2013
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
She had a fondness and admiration for this child and her audacity.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.Heroes of the Telegraph
Your coming here is an affront, an impertinence, an audacity.Little Dorrit
Word Origin and History for audacity
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin audacitas "boldness," from Latin audacis genitive of audax (see audacious).