Synonyms & Antonyms of daring

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inclined or willing to take risks
  • daring acrobats who risk life and limb every day for the entertainment of the crowds at the circus

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Synonyms & Antonyms of daring (Entry 2 of 3)


present participle of dare

Synonyms & Antonyms of daring (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to invite (someone) to take part in a contest or to perform a feat
  • I dare you to repeat that to my face!
  • he dared his friend to race to the end of the block

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2 to oppose (something hostile or dangerous) with firmness or courage
  • every day the old fisherman dared the elements to make his meager living

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How does the adjective daring contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of daring are adventurous, daredevil, foolhardy, rash, reckless, and venturesome. While all these words mean "exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense," daring implies fearlessness in courting danger.

daring mountain climbers

When is it sensible to use adventurous instead of daring?

The meanings of adventurous and daring largely overlap; however, adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence.

adventurous pioneers

In what contexts can daredevil take the place of daring?

Although the words daredevil and daring have much in common, daredevil stresses ostentation in daring.

daredevil motorcyclists

When can foolhardy be used instead of daring?

In some situations, the words foolhardy and daring are roughly equivalent. However, foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense.

the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

When is rash a more appropriate choice than daring?

The synonyms rash and daring are sometimes interchangeable, but rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought.

a rash decision

When would reckless be a good substitute for daring?

The words reckless and daring are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences.

a reckless driver

When could venturesome be used to replace daring?

While the synonyms venturesome and daring are close in meaning, venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings.

venturesome stunt pilots

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The first known use of daring was in 1575

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“Daring.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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