Definition of audacious in English:


Line breaks: au|da¦cious
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.
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!


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



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  • 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.

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