audacity

noun
au·​dac·​i·​ty | \ ȯ-ˈda-sə-tē How to pronounce audacity (audio) \
plural audacities

Definition of audacity

1 : the quality or state of being audacious: such as
a : intrepid boldness knights admired for their audacity
b : bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints had the audacity to defy his boss
2 : an audacious act usually used in plural Her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him.— Edith Wharton

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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

Examples of audacity in a Sentence

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

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Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. NBC News, "'Romeo and Juliet' director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. CBS News, "Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director known for "Romeo and Juliet," dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Throughout his career, Zeffirelli took risks — and his audacity paid off at the box office. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Famed Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at age 96," 15 June 2019 Apparently, she's been upsetting dozens of palace staff members by having the audacity to—gasp—send emails at 5:30 in the morning. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Meghan Markle 'Duchess Difficult' Rumors Just Won't Stop—and This One Is Bizarre," 12 Apr. 2019 But so were time, dignity, childhoods, selfies, songs and a New Year’s Eve allegedly culminating at Drake’s mansion. Thematic audacity came this close to being a drinking game. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018 When Paper Boi stands up to walk out of the barbershop, Bibby has the audacity to ask him to pay for his fresh cut. Lauren Alvarez, Billboard, "'Atlanta' Episode 5 Recap: Paper Boi's Absurd Adventures With His Barber," 30 Mar. 2018 Eclecticism was the collection’s virtue—and its audacity. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 12 Shows of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019," 6 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of audacity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for audacity

Middle English audacite, borrowed from Medieval Latin audācitāt-, audācitās, from Latin audāc-, audāx "daring, bold, excessively daring, reckless" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at audacious

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audacity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of audacity

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

audacity

noun
au·​dac·​i·​ty | \ ȯ-ˈda-sə-tē\

Kids Definition of audacity

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

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