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noun, plural au·dac·i·ties.
  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.
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Origin of audacity

1400–50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity


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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


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

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