Definition of audacity in English:

audacity

noun

mass noun
  • 1A willingness to take bold risks.

    ‘he whistled at the sheer audacity of the plan’
    • ‘Like her books, her life story must be read in a historical context to appreciate its richness, its disregard for convention, its audacity.’
    • ‘He scored four times and thrilled the footballing world with his audacity, his fearlessness, his youth.’
    • ‘What gripped you most as you watched him was his sheer audacity.’
    • ‘The freshness of the form in both plays is more than matched by the daring freshness and audacity of the content.’
    • ‘I have seen swallows do this and I marvel at their audacity.’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and scope of the Manhattan Project remain impressive today.’
    • ‘Only now has the sheer scale and audacity of the operation become clear.’
    • ‘The final play of rugby was breathtaking in its audacity.’
    • ‘The terrorist acts that day were breathtaking in their murderous audacity.’
    • ‘Then he burst out laughing, and embraced the great designer, congratulating him on his audacity and courage.’
    • ‘An amazing scheme - both for it's simplicity and sheer audacity.’
    • ‘He came to dominate it by shrewdness, audacity and the huge force and charm of his personality.’
    • ‘Just as you marvel at the ingenuity of the filmmaking, you laugh at the sheer audacity of it all.’
    • ‘The reason, in his own words, is his forthrightness and audacity.’
    • ‘There is no passion, no audacity and no commitment at all evidenced in this film.’
    • ‘And it's ten times worse if somebody learns that I've got a website and has the sheer audacity to actually ask for the URL.’
    • ‘Sometimes, you just have to step back and admire the sheer audacity of these guys.’
    • ‘But the film is also notable for capturing the sheer energetic audacity of Mick Jagger's persona.’
    • ‘I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance!’
    • ‘For the sheer ambition and audacity of this venture, he deserves to be congratulated.’
    boldness, daring, fearlessness, intrepidity, bravery, courage, courageousness, valour, valorousness, heroism, pluck, recklessness
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  • 2Rude or disrespectful behaviour; impudence.

    ‘she had the audacity to suggest I'd been carrying on with him’
    • ‘He was annoyed at my audacity, but at least he was honest.’
    • ‘While she was being tried, she had the audacity to laugh at questions presented to her.’
    • ‘That he had the audacity to dictate what American adults could and could not see was sickening.’
    • ‘She then had the audacity to allege that I had exaggerated the truth in order to win a government grant of 750,000 to improve road safety.’
    • ‘Once again he was lambasted and mocked when he had the audacity to put forward a logical explanation.’
    • ‘The boy had the audacity to lie to him, straight in his face for a second time.’
    • ‘She spoke with disdain in her voice and openly insulted him, then had the audacity to look pleased with herself.’
    • ‘But Dan had had the audacity to simply wander into my life and rearrange it to suit him, and what he wanted.’
    • ‘They couldn't believe that Josh had the audacity to say that in front of the boss, but he didn't care.’
    • ‘He had the audacity to laugh in her face, as if she was still a child.’
    • ‘It'd been a while since someone had the audacity to yell at him like that.’
    • ‘First she betrayed him, then she had the audacity to show up and rescue him.’
    • ‘This idiot and his team of oafs had the audacity to patronize and laugh at Eugene last night.’
    • ‘I can't believe that person actually had the audacity to say something like that.’
    • ‘One of the bars even had the audacity to display a trading certificate in the place where the licence should have been placed.’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and disdain for privacy and civil liberties was amazing.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe this guy had the audacity to do something like this in the middle of the day!’
    • ‘And some little pipsqueak of a lawyer somewhere has had the audacity to question this award.’
    • ‘Stacey later told police he had no recollection of how he came by the injury and he could not believe their audacity in arresting him.’
    • ‘Some of the women were indignant that I had the audacity to go on to their patch - it was their territory and I was seen as the intruder.’
    impudence, impertinence, insolence, presumption, presumptuousness, forwardness, cheek, cheekiness, impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, rudeness, effrontery, nerve, gall, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness, pertness, defiance, boldness, temerity
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Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin audacitas, from audax, audac- ‘bold’ (see audacious).

Pronunciation

audacity

/ɔːˈdasɪti/