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[ aw-das-i-tee ]


, plural au·dac·i·ties.
  1. boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.

    Synonyms: foolhardiness, temerity, grit, spunk, nerve

    Antonyms: prudence, discretion

  2. effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness:

    His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.

    Synonyms: brashness, impertinence, impudence

    Antonyms: discretion, prudence

  3. Usually audacities. audacious or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of audacity1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English audacite, equivalent to Latin audāc- (stem of audāx “bold, daring”) + -ity

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Example Sentences

Like several recent high-profile hacks, the sheer scale and audacity of the theft immediately attracted attention from cybersecurity researchers and law enforcement.

From Quartz

Then, in 1966, the 33-year-old met an irreverent 26-year-old musician at one of her shows in London — one who had the audacity to take a bite out of one of the apples she had staged in her exhibit.

From Ozy

The audacity of the proposal fit with Prince’s record as a businessman.

From Time

It’s the audacity of passing laws about people you don’t care about meeting or understanding, and to believe the worst about them.

The audacity of the league off the court generated curiosity, and some of those onlookers will stick around.

In the end, talent and technique got the better of ardor and audacity.

Many rock artists “borrowed” material from black blues artists, but few did so with more audacity than Jimmy Page.

They have a great sense of performance, bravado, and audacity.

As David Plouffe detailed in his book, The Audacity To Win, the campaign had committed in writing to stay in the federal system.

He's someone with huge potential, in line with the spirit of Vuitton - creative audacity with extreme refinement.

But they soon fell out, for Murat had the audacity to try and make these patriots fight instead of merely seeking plunder.

Scarce a day passed without some engagement in which the King of Naples showed his audacity and his talent as a leader.

As Marquise de Condillac it hurt her pride to listen and not have him whipped for his audacity; as a woman it insulted her.

Felizardo was remarkable for his audacity, his fine horsemanship, and his expert marksmanship.

Audacity, ever excellent in war, is sound as a proposition of Euclid in operations against Asiatics.


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