: marked by originality and verve <audacious experiments>
— au·da·cious·ly adverb
— au·da·cious·ness noun
Examples of AUDACIOUS
- They have audacious plans for the new school.
- This is her most audacious film so far.
- She made an audacious decision to quit her job.
- Whatever made him think his audacious fiction would sell—especially after a lifetime of literary marginalization—is a mystery, but he has certainly been vindicated. With a rush of work that he did not begin publishing until he was in his forties, he won literary fame in Europe and Latin America. —Valerie Sayers, Commonweal, 13 July 2007
- This is an audacious claim, and Kramer anticipates, even encourages, the controversy it might provoke. —Gary Greenberg, Harper's, August 2005
- … Morgan Pressel, the top-ranked female amateur in the country, has charted a less audacious course. A 17-year-old scrapper who gained prominence by tying for second at the U.S. Women's Open in June, Pressel is satisfied with taking on and whipping her own kind. —E.M. Swift, Sports Illustrated, 8 Aug. 2005
- … he owns and operates a seductively spacious jazz club. But that's his day job, his cover. He executes his audacious midnight burglaries outside of the city, working solo, mapping out every detail so that nothing can go wrong, then returning like a phantom. —Owen Gliberman, Entertainment Weekly, 20 July 2001
Origin of AUDACIOUS
Middle French audacieux,
boldness, from Latin audacia,
from audac-, audax
bold, from audēre
to dare, from avidus
eager — more at avid
First Known Use: 1550
Related to AUDACIOUS
- arch, nervy, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, cheeky, cocksure, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, sassy, saucy, wise
- meek, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid
Rhymes with AUDACIOUS
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