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audacity

Syllabification: au·dac·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ôˈdasədē
 
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Definition of audacity in English:

noun

1The willingness to take bold risks: her audacity came in handy during our most recent emergency
More example sentences
  • I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance!
  • 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.
  • An amazing scheme - both for it's simplicity and sheer audacity.
Synonyms
2Rude or disrespectful behavior; impudence: she had the audacity to pick up the receiver and ask me to hang up
More example sentences
  • Once again he was lambasted and mocked when he had the audacity to put forward a logical explanation.
  • 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.
  • I can't believe that person actually had the audacity to say something like that.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin audacitas, from audax, audac- 'bold' (see audacious).

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