Definition of audacious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɔːˈdeɪʃəs/


1Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks: a series of audacious takeovers
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  • 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.
  • What a match, what a turnaround and what a scintillating performance by this brave, audacious and talented Welsh team.
  • From this dynamic leader's audacious vision has sprung a city that is breathtaking in scale and vision.
bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, unafraid, unflinching, courageous, valiant, valorous, heroic, dashing, plucky, daredevil, devil-may-care, death-or-glory, reckless, wild, madcap;
adventurous, venturesome, enterprising, dynamic, spirited, mettlesome
informal game, gutsy, spunky, ballsy, have-a-go, go-ahead
rare venturous, temerarious
2Showing an impudent lack of respect: he made an audacious remark
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  • 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.
  • 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!
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
informal brass-necked, cocky, lippy, mouthy, fresh, flip
British informal saucy, smart-arsed
North American informal sassy, nervy, smart-assed
archaic malapert, contumelious



Pronunciation: /ɔːˈdeɪʃəsli/
Example sentences
  • She has always been audaciously ambitious.
  • Others, more audaciously, have even alleged corruption.
  • His poetry is neither traditional, nor audaciously experimental, but lyrical and contemporary in themes.


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  • I am just shocked at such blatant acts of audaciousness.
  • It is breathtaking in its audaciousness, frightening in its adventurousness, worrying in its significance.
  • Most biographers have attributed her tenacity and audaciousness to the competitive, mercurial nature of an acting career in New York and Hollywood.


Mid 16th century: from Latin audax, audac- 'bold' (from audere 'dare') + -ious.

  • Today audacious means ‘willing to take surprisingly bold risks’ and ‘showing a lack of respect, impudent’, but it originally had a more direct sense of ‘bold, confident, daring’. The root is Latin audax ‘bold’.

Words that rhyme with audacious

Athanasius, bodacious, cactaceous, capacious, carbonaceous, contumacious, Cretaceous, curvaceous, disputatious, edacious, efficacious, fallacious, farinaceous, flirtatious, foliaceous, fugacious, gracious, hellacious, herbaceous, Ignatius, loquacious, mendacious, mordacious, ostentatious, perspicacious, pertinacious, pugnacious, rapacious, sagacious, salacious, saponaceous, sebaceous, sequacious, setaceous, spacious, tenacious, veracious, vexatious, vivacious, voracious

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