Definition of audacious in English:



  • 1Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

    ‘a series of audacious takeovers’
    • ‘Only someone really audacious would take such a risk.’
    • ‘But the group was rejuvenated by a statement last week that Mr Green was planning to make an audacious and unexpected bid for the company.’
    • ‘The persistently audacious are helped along by a fearless temperament.’
    • ‘Troops and police have been involved in running battles with rebels who launched an audacious series of pre-dawn assaults.’
    • ‘In this audacious raid, thieves knocked a hole in the shop wall before making off with equipment valued at about £11,000.’
    • ‘A few days ago, he delivered the most audacious speech of the presidential season.’
    • ‘Artistically audacious, he penned plays, ballets, sketches, and novels.’
    • ‘From this dynamic leader's audacious vision has sprung a city that is breathtaking in scale and vision.’
    • ‘There is the courage to pursue audacious goals, to empower and to trust your colleagues.’
    • ‘We need to be more audacious in what we say and do.’
    • ‘An audacious attack in broad daylight on the fortified U.S. consulate after months of relative quiet.’
    • ‘What a match, what a turnaround and what a scintillating performance by this brave, audacious and talented Welsh team.’
    • ‘It is still an audacious work of art after all these years.’
    • ‘First of all, his work made dear what an audacious venture poetry still could be.’
    • ‘With every new book she got more and more audacious, trying out new ways to surprise us.’
    • ‘Today we look at a bold and audacious project that's bringing a fresh approach to the way we understand the ecology of this country.’
    • ‘The audacious Wood stormed through the game and even managed an attempt at a drop goal in the second half.’
    • ‘This would be an audacious move even for someone as bold as Schwarzenegger.’
    • ‘Today there's a new self-confidence: we're audacious, we're loud and we get things done.’
    • ‘Was this audacious accounting, or the kind of thing that at first glance seems like clear misrepresentation?’
    bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, unafraid, unflinching, courageous, valiant, valorous, heroic, dashing, plucky, daredevil, devil-may-care, death-or-glory, reckless, wild, madcap
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  • 2Showing an impudent lack of respect.

    ‘he made an audacious remark’
    • ‘He is too sweet, too nice, too inoffensive for the dig at hypocrisy to hit home, and many of the jokes lack the audacious punch of old.’
    • ‘He is audacious, showing such wilful disrespect to the past that one wonders if it ever existed!’
    • ‘But Eddie's audacious comments about penalty do not stand up to scrutiny.’
    • ‘It's a shocking, audacious moment - one of the few times the film makes you sit up and take notice.’
    • ‘Apparently, organized crime in France is getting to be pretty audacious.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the film succeeds in holding your attention, mainly to see if they can actually pull off their audacious robbery.’
    • ‘He was a man with whom it was impossible to imagine the most audacious student venturing to take a liberty.’
    • ‘He nonetheless seemed annoyed, and surprised by her audacious, nearly stupid words.’
    impudent, impertinent, insolent, presumptuous, forward, cheeky, irreverent, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, unmannerly, mannerless, rude, crude, brazen, brazen-faced, brash, shameless, pert, defiant, bold, bold as brass, outrageous, shocking, out of line
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Mid 16th century: from Latin audax, audac- ‘bold’ (from audere ‘dare’) + -ious.