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 audacityb :  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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