adjective au·da·cious \-ˈdā-shəs\

: very confident and daring : very bold and surprising or shocking

Full Definition of AUDACIOUS

a :  intrepidly daring :  adventurous <an audacious mountain climber>
b :  recklessly bold :  rash <an audacious maneuver>
:  contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum :  insolent
:  marked by originality and verve <audacious experiments>
au·da·cious·ly adverb
au·da·cious·ness noun

Examples of AUDACIOUS

  1. They have audacious plans for the new school.
  2. This is her most audacious film so far.
  3. She made an audacious decision to quit her job.
  4. 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


Middle French audacieux, from audace boldness, from Latin audacia, from audac-, audax bold, from audēre to dare, from avidus eager — more at avid
First Known Use: 1550
AUDACIOUSNESS Defined for Kids


adjective au·da·cious \-ˈdā-shəs\

Definition of AUDACIOUS for Kids

:  very bold and daring :  fearless <an audacious scheme>
:  disrespectful of authority :  insolent <an audacious radio personality>
au·da·cious·ly adverb


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