- 1A willingness to take bold risks: he whistled at the sheer audacity of the planMore example sentences
boldness, daring, fearlessness, intrepidity, bravery, courage, courageousness, valour, valorousness, heroism, pluck, recklessness; adventurousness, enterprise, dynamism, spirit, mettle, confidence• vulgar slang balls
- 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.
- 2Rude or disrespectful behaviour; impudence: she had the audacity to suggest I’d been carrying on with himMore example sentences
impudence, impertinence, insolence, presumption, presumptuousness, forwardness, cheek, cheekiness, impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, rudeness, effrontery, nerve, gall, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness, pertness, defiance, boldness, temerityBritish • informal sauceScottish • informal snash• informal , • dated hideBritish • informal , • dated crust• archaic malapertness• rare procacity, assumption
- 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.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin audacitas, from audax, audac- 'bold' (see audacious).