audacity

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noun au·dac·i·ty \ȯ-ˈda-sə-tē\

Definition of audacity

plural

audacities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being audacious : such asa :  intrepid boldness <knights admired for their audacity>b :  bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints <had the audacity to defy his boss>

  2. 2 :  an audacious act —usually used in plural <Her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him. — Edith Wharton>

Examples of audacity in a sentence

  1. I could not believe their audacity.

  2. He had the audacity to suggest that it was all my fault.

Origin and Etymology of audacity

Middle English audacite, from Latin audac-, audax —see audacious


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 English Language Learners

audacity

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noun au·dac·i·ty \ȯ-ˈda-sə-tē\

Definition of audacity for English Language Learners

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


AUDACITY Defined for Kids

audacity

noun au·dac·i·ty \ȯ-ˈda-sə-tē\

Definition of audacity for Students

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



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