[ aw-das-i-tee ]
/ ɔˈdæs ɪ ti /

noun, plural au·dac·i·ties.

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

1400–50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for audacity



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper