noun au·dac·i·ty \-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

Synonym Discussion of AUDACITY

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger <had the temerity to refuse>. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence <an entrepreneur with audacity and vision>. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance <admired for her hardihood>. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy <outraged at his effrontery>. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery <the nerve of that guy> <has the cheek to call herself a singer> <had the gall to demand proof> <the chutzpah needed for a career in show business>.
AUDACITY Defined for Kids


noun au·dac·i·ty \-ˈda-sə-tē\

Definition of AUDACITY for Kids

:  a bold and daring quality that is sometimes shocking or rude <She had the audacity to show up uninvited.>


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