noun \-ˈda-sə-tē\

: a confident and daring quality that is often seen as shocking or rude : an audacious quality

plural au·dac·i·ties

Full Definition of AUDACITY

:  the quality or state of being audacious: as
a :  intrepid boldness
b :  bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints <had the audacity to defy his boss>
:  an audacious act —usually used in plural <her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him — Edith Wharton>

Examples of AUDACITY

  1. I could not believe their audacity.
  2. He had the audacity to suggest that it was all my fault.

Origin of AUDACITY

Middle English audacite, from Latin audac-, audax
First Known Use: 15th century


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