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 intrepid (audio) \ noun
intrepidly \ in-​ˈtre-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce intrepid (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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Recent Examples on the Web Unforgettable Travel, a luxury travel company, is now helping intrepid campers experience an overnight stay like no other with a camping trip at the entrance of one of the world's largest caverns in Vietnam. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 7 June 2021 Normally, your intrepid reporter wouldn’t make a big deal about finding another backup quarterback. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Nevertheless, one intrepid couple paid $3 million to buy the home and several million to bring it back to life., 19 Sep. 2021 On the other hand, active vacations are designed for intrepid travelers who thrive on adventure. Roger Sands, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Armed with just smartphones, the intrepid women venture into some of the media dark regions of their state and produce local news pieces which resonate with national importance. Sara Merican, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 That process still has some kinks being worked out; intrepid travelers with specific expectations should consider planning their own tail ends of the journey. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Aug. 2021 The iconic intrepid reporter has always been a force of nature in Superman comics, but Elizabeth Tulloch has been taking the character to new heights on the CW's Superman & Lois. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 17 Aug. 2021 The other spot on the island that remains an eternal favorite for intrepid travelers is its capital city, Palermo. Liam Hess, Vogue, 27 July 2021

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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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“Intrepid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : very bold or brave


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

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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