Definition of audacity in US English:

audacity

noun

  • 1A willingness to take bold risks.

    ‘her audacity came in handy during our most recent emergency’
    • ‘I have seen swallows do this and I marvel at their audacity.’
    • ‘For the sheer ambition and audacity of this venture, he deserves to be congratulated.’
    • ‘But the film is also notable for capturing the sheer energetic audacity of Mick Jagger's persona.’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and scope of the Manhattan Project remain impressive today.’
    • ‘He scored four times and thrilled the footballing world with his audacity, his fearlessness, his youth.’
    • ‘The final play of rugby was breathtaking in its audacity.’
    • ‘I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance!’
    • ‘Then he burst out laughing, and embraced the great designer, congratulating him on his audacity and courage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What gripped you most as you watched him was his sheer audacity.’
    • ‘The terrorist acts that day were breathtaking in their murderous audacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The freshness of the form in both plays is more than matched by the daring freshness and audacity of the content.’
    • ‘The reason, in his own words, is his forthrightness and audacity.’
    • ‘Just as you marvel at the ingenuity of the filmmaking, you laugh at the sheer audacity of it all.’
    • ‘There is no passion, no audacity and no commitment at all evidenced in this film.’
    • ‘Like her books, her life story must be read in a historical context to appreciate its richness, its disregard for convention, its audacity.’
    • ‘Sometimes, you just have to step back and admire the sheer audacity of these guys.’
    • ‘Only now has the sheer scale and audacity of the operation become clear.’
    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’
    • ‘And some little pipsqueak of a lawyer somewhere has had the audacity to question this award.’
    • ‘They couldn't believe that Josh had the audacity to say that in front of the boss, but he didn't care.’
    • ‘The sheer audacity and disdain for privacy and civil liberties was amazing.’
    • ‘This idiot and his team of oafs had the audacity to patronize and laugh at Eugene last night.’
    • ‘That he had the audacity to dictate what American adults could and could not see was sickening.’
    • ‘But Dan had had the audacity to simply wander into my life and rearrange it to suit him, and what he wanted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It'd been a while since someone had the audacity to yell at him 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 boy had the audacity to lie to him, straight in his face for a second time.’
    • ‘First she betrayed him, then she had the audacity to show up and rescue him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once again he was lambasted and mocked when he had the audacity to put forward a logical explanation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe this guy had the audacity to do something like this in the middle of the day!’
    • ‘I can't believe that person actually had the audacity to say something like that.’
    • ‘She spoke with disdain in her voice and openly insulted him, then had the audacity to look pleased with herself.’
    • ‘He had the audacity to laugh in her face, as if she was still a child.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ôˈdasədē//ɔˈdæsədi/