in·​trep·​id | \in-ˈtre-pəd \

Definition of intrepid 

: characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance an intrepid explorer

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Other Words from intrepid

intrepidity \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈpi-​də-​tē \ noun
intrepidly \ in-​ˈtre-​pəd-​lē \ adverb
intrepidness noun

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You need not be afraid to find out the origins of today’s word, although its history does include fear. Intrepid derives from the Latin word intrepidus, itself formed by the combination of the prefix in- (meaning "not") and trepidus, meaning "alarmed." Other relatives of "trepidus" in English include "trepidation" and "trepidatious," as well as "trepid" (which actually predates "intrepid" and means "fearful") and even the rare "trepidity" (a synonym for "trepidation" in the sense of "fear, apprehension"). Synonyms for "intrepid" include "courageous," "valiant," "fearless," "valorous," and simply "brave."

Examples of intrepid in a Sentence

The heroes are intrepid small-business owners, investigative reporters, plaintiffs and their lawyers, and, of course, Nader himself and his grass-roots organizations. — Jonathan Chait, New York Times Book Review, 3 Feb. 2008 Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her "gallant" and "remarkable.") — Kimberly Robinson, Travel & Leisure, December 1999 Meanwhile, the intrepid Florentine traveler Marco Polo had been to China and brought back with him a noodle dish that became Italian pasta … — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 an intrepid explorer who probed parts of the rain forest never previously attempted
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Since then, scores of intrepid climbers and expedition groups from all over the world have set out to meet their fate on Everest. National Geographic, "From the Photo Archive: 65 Years of Epic Everest Climbs," 31 May 2018 On Wednesday, intrepid anglers took a shot at casting jigs around the shallow rocks and reported walleye success. D'arcy Egan,, "Fishing Report for April 20: Fish biting again despite dingy waters," 20 Apr. 2018 An intrepid group of veterans made a special stop at the Alamo on Saturday, part of their 1,000-mile walk across America, a 12-week trek designed to raise awareness of — and funds for— the mental health needs of vets. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Walking the walk for veterans’ mental health," 16 June 2018 Laos, an intrepid group of young women are honing their rugby skills. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Barcelona, Spain, every time Lionel Messi scores a goal, the city jumps – literally," 3 May 2018 The intrepid reporters did their best, but the bombs dropped anyway. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Liberal outrage in Rob Reiner's 'Shock and Awe'," 12 July 2018 Jubilant follow-up stories are starting to emerge from Thailand after twelve young soccer players and their intrepid coach were rescued from what appeared from the outside to be an impossibly terrifying labyrinth. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "What's Next For The Rescued Thai Soccer Team?," 10 July 2018 But more to the point, as intrepid gastronomes soon discovered, salted ice, packed around a tub of sweetened, flavored liquid, would quickly freeze it. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 At first glance, the miniseries looks like a straightforward thriller: Adams plays Camille, an intrepid reporter who returns to her small Missouri hometown to investigate the murders of two girls. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of intrepid

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intrepid

Latin intrepidus, from in- + trepidus alarmed — more at trepidation

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The first known use of intrepid was in 1680

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English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : very bold or brave


in·​trep·​id | \in-ˈtre-pəd \

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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