intrepid

adjective
in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

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 How to pronounce intrepidity (audio) \ noun
intrepidly \ in-​ˈtre-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce intrepidly (audio) \ 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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And where there’s a sale, there’s an intrepid R29 shopping editor, ready to report back on the best of what’s out there. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "These 4th Of July Fashion Sales Will Leave You Starry-Eyed," 5 July 2019 The intrepid hope to be rewarded for tying up their money for longer and for doing their homework. The Economist, "The rise and rise of private capital," 4 July 2019 Anna also speaks to celebrity style, heaping special praise on the intrepid Cardi B, and considers the finer points of summer dressing. Vogue, "Anna Wintour on Cardi B and Her Favorite Runway Show Ever," 3 July 2019 Still, intrepid visitors have sometimes overstepped the boundaries, forcing Viladomiu to add a barrier outside her apartment to keep tourists at bay. Raphael Minder, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s it like to live in Barcelona’s most famous Gaudí home? A bit inconvenient," 29 June 2019 It will be powered by heat from radioactive plutonium, much like NASA's intrepid Mars rovers. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA plans to send a flying robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 28 June 2019 It will be powered by heat from radioactive plutonium, much like NASA’s intrepid Mars rovers. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "NASA plans to send a robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 27 June 2019 Therapists are regularly portrayed as intrepid explorers of the dank caves of the unconscious who capably guide their patients toward grand revelations and clinical solutions. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘The Incurable Romantic’ Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply," 5 Oct. 2018 Miranda crammed an astonishing 20,520 words into the not-quite three-hour musical, according to Leah Libresco, an intrepid reporter for the website fivethirtyeight.com, who counted every one of them. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019

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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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intrepid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

literary + often humorous : feeling no fear : very bold or brave

intrepid

adjective
in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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