Definition of audacious in English:



  • 1Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.

    ‘a series of audacious takeovers’
    • ‘From this dynamic leader's audacious vision has sprung a city that is breathtaking in scale and vision.’
    • ‘The audacious Wood stormed through the game and even managed an attempt at a drop goal in the second half.’
    • ‘Was this audacious accounting, or the kind of thing that at first glance seems like clear misrepresentation?’
    • ‘Troops and police have been involved in running battles with rebels who launched an audacious series of pre-dawn assaults.’
    • ‘With every new book she got more and more audacious, trying out new ways to surprise us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today there's a new self-confidence: we're audacious, we're loud and we get things done.’
    • ‘In this audacious raid, thieves knocked a hole in the shop wall before making off with equipment valued at about £11,000.’
    • ‘There is the courage to pursue audacious goals, to empower and to trust your colleagues.’
    • ‘It is still an audacious work of art after all these years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The persistently audacious are helped along by a fearless temperament.’
    • ‘What a match, what a turnaround and what a scintillating performance by this brave, audacious and talented Welsh team.’
    • ‘An audacious attack in broad daylight on the fortified U.S. consulate after months of relative quiet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Artistically audacious, he penned plays, ballets, sketches, and novels.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Eddie's audacious comments about penalty do not stand up to scrutiny.’
    • ‘He nonetheless seemed annoyed, and surprised by her audacious, nearly stupid words.’
    • ‘He is audacious, showing such wilful disrespect to the past that one wonders if it ever existed!’
    • ‘He was a man with whom it was impossible to imagine the most audacious student venturing to take a liberty.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.