Definition of audacious in US English:



  • 1Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

    ‘a series of audacious takeovers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Troops and police have been involved in running battles with rebels who launched an audacious series of pre-dawn assaults.’
    • ‘From this dynamic leader's audacious vision has sprung a city that is breathtaking in scale and vision.’
    • ‘Artistically audacious, he penned plays, ballets, sketches, and novels.’
    • ‘What a match, what a turnaround and what a scintillating performance by this brave, audacious and talented Welsh team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today there's a new self-confidence: we're audacious, we're loud and we get things done.’
    • ‘We need to be more audacious in what we say and do.’
    • ‘First of all, his work made dear what an audacious venture poetry still could be.’
    • ‘In this audacious raid, thieves knocked a hole in the shop wall before making off with equipment valued at about £11,000.’
    • ‘With every new book she got more and more audacious, trying out new ways to surprise us.’
    • ‘Was this audacious accounting, or the kind of thing that at first glance seems like clear misrepresentation?’
    • ‘The persistently audacious are helped along by a fearless temperament.’
    • ‘It is still an audacious work of art after all these years.’
    • ‘An audacious attack in broad daylight on the fortified U.S. consulate after months of relative quiet.’
    • ‘Only someone really audacious would take such a risk.’
    • ‘A few days ago, he delivered the most audacious speech of the presidential season.’
    • ‘This would be an audacious move even for someone as bold as Schwarzenegger.’
    • ‘There is the courage to pursue audacious goals, to empower and to trust your colleagues.’
    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.

    ‘an audacious remark’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is audacious, showing such wilful disrespect to the past that one wonders if it ever existed!’
    • ‘Apparently, organized crime in France is getting to be pretty audacious.’
    • ‘He nonetheless seemed annoyed, and surprised by her audacious, nearly stupid words.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    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.