Definition of audacity
- knights admired for their audacity
- had the audacity to defy his boss
- Her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him.
- —Edith Wharton
I could not believe their audacity.
He had the audacity to suggest that it was all my fault.
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: a confident and daring quality that is often seen as shocking or rude : an audacious quality
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