Definition of audacity
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 : an audacious act —usually used in plural <Her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him. — Edith Wharton>
Examples of audacity in a sentence
I could not believe their audacity.
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
AUDACITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of audacity for Students
: a bold and daring quality that is sometimes shocking or rude <She had the audacity to show up uninvited.>
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