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intrepid

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adjective in·trep·id \in-ˈtre-pəd\

Simple Definition of intrepid

  • : feeling no fear : very bold or brave

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intrepid

  1. :  characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance <an intrepid explorer>

intrepidity

play \ˌin-trə-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun

intrepidly

play \in-ˈtre-pəd-lē\ adverb

intrepidness

noun

Examples of intrepid in a sentence

  1. The heroes are intrepid small-business owners, investigative reporters, plaintiffs and their lawyers, and, of course, Nader himself and his grass-roots organizations. —Jonathan Chait, New York Times Book Review, 3 Feb. 2008

  2. Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her “gallant” and “remarkable.”) —Kimberly Robinson, Travel & Leisure, December 1999

  3. Meanwhile, the intrepid Florentine traveler Marco Polo had been to China and brought back with him a noodle dish that became Italian pasta … —Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993

  4. <an intrepid explorer who probed parts of the rain forest never previously attempted>



Did You Know?

You need not be afraid to find out the origins of today’s word, although its history does include fear. Intrepid derives from the Latin word intrepidus, itself formed by the combination of the prefix in- (meaning "not") and trepidus, meaning "alarmed." Other relatives of "trepidus" in English include "trepidation" and "trepidatious," as well as "trepid" (which actually predates "intrepid" and means "fearful") and even the rare "trepidity" (a synonym for "trepidation" in the sense of "fear, apprehension"). Synonyms for "intrepid" include "courageous," "valiant," "fearless," "valorous," and simply "brave."

Origin and Etymology of intrepid

Latin intrepidus, from in- + trepidus alarmed — more at trepidation


First Known Use: 1680


INTREPID Defined for Kids

intrepid

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adjective in·trep·id \in-ˈtre-pəd\

Definition of intrepid for Students

  1. :  feeling no fear :  bold





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