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 hardihoodeffrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy.
outraged at his effronterynerve, 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 hardihood in a Sentence
the 80-year-old grandmother attributes her hardihood to having eaten a cup of yogurt every day for the past 50 years
the explorers were driven by an almost reckless hardihood in the face of the unknown
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