Definition of audacity in English:



  • 1The willingness to take bold risks.

    ‘her audacity came in handy during our most recent emergency’
    • ‘Then he burst out laughing, and embraced the great designer, congratulating him on his audacity and courage.’
    • ‘Only now has the sheer scale and audacity of the operation become clear.’
    • ‘For the sheer ambition and audacity of this venture, he deserves to be congratulated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the film is also notable for capturing the sheer energetic audacity of Mick Jagger's persona.’
    • ‘Like her books, her life story must be read in a historical context to appreciate its richness, its disregard for convention, its audacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The terrorist acts that day were breathtaking in their murderous audacity.’
    • ‘The final play of rugby was breathtaking in its audacity.’
    • ‘He scored four times and thrilled the footballing world with his audacity, his fearlessness, his youth.’
    • ‘Sometimes, you just have to step back and admire the sheer audacity of these guys.’
    • ‘I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance!’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and scope of the Manhattan Project remain impressive today.’
    • ‘An amazing scheme - both for it's simplicity and sheer audacity.’
    • ‘I have seen swallows do this and I marvel at their audacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    boldness, daring, fearlessness, intrepidity, bravery, courage, courageousness, valour, valorousness, heroism, pluck, recklessness
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  • 2Rude or disrespectful behavior; impudence.

    ‘she had the audacity to pick up the receiver and ask me to hang up’
    • ‘I can't believe that person actually had the audacity to say something like that.’
    • ‘He had the audacity to laugh in her face, as if she was still a child.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe this guy had the audacity to do something like this in the middle of the day!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and disdain for privacy and civil liberties was amazing.’
    • ‘First she betrayed him, then she had the audacity to show up and rescue him.’
    • ‘He was annoyed at my audacity, but at least he was honest.’
    • ‘She spoke with disdain in her voice and openly insulted him, then had the audacity to look pleased with herself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This idiot and his team of oafs had the audacity to patronize and laugh at Eugene last night.’
    • ‘They couldn't believe that Josh had the audacity to say that in front of the boss, but he didn't care.’
    • ‘And some little pipsqueak of a lawyer somewhere has had the audacity to question this award.’
    • ‘One of the bars even had the audacity to display a trading certificate in the place where the licence should have been placed.’
    • ‘But Dan had had the audacity to simply wander into my life and rearrange it to suit him, and what he wanted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It'd been a while since someone had the audacity to yell at him like that.’
    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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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin audacitas, from audax, audac- bold (see audacious).