[ aw-dey-shuhs ]
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  1. extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.

  2. extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive: an audacious vision of the city's bright future.

  1. recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen.

  2. lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.

Origin of audacious

First recorded in 1540–50; audaci(ty) + -ous

Other words for audacious

Opposites for audacious

Other words from audacious

  • au·da·cious·ly, adverb
  • au·da·cious·ness, noun
  • un·au·da·cious, adjective
  • un·au·da·cious·ly, adverb
  • un·au·da·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use audacious in a sentence

  • Most audaciously, given what the technology does, Google claims it encourages us to “explore the world around you.”

  • "I thought you didn't look like a drinkin' man," she answered audaciously.

  • His opinion had gone through the evolution that Madame de la Baudraye had so audaciously prophesied at their first meeting.

    Parisians in the Country | Honore de Balzac
  • Would he spoil it by going too far, or would he shrink affrighted from the position audaciously assumed?

  • Deep silence fell about the little camp, planted there so audaciously in the jaws of the wilderness.

    The Wendigo | Algernon Blackwood
  • Then, audaciously crossing the broad gulf, she had turned her prow toward Emporion, and had skirted the coasts of Iberia.

    Snnica | Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for audacious


/ (ɔːˈdeɪʃəs) /

  1. recklessly bold or daring; fearless

  2. impudent or presumptuous

Origin of audacious

C16: from Latin audāx bold, from audēre to dare

Derived forms of audacious

  • audaciously, adverb
  • audaciousness or audacity (ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ), noun

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