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Definition of "audacity" []

  • Fearless daring; intrepidity. (noun)
  • Bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention. (noun)
  • An act or instance of intrepidity or insolent heedlessness: warned the students than any audacities committed during the graduation ceremony would be punished. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "audacity" in a sentence
  • "Indeed, the milder manners of the patrician body were ill suited to resist this ermined demagogue, whose motto through life was _audacity, again audacity, and always audacity_."
  • "Joe was practicing what I call the audacity of veracity."
  • "I think the skittish ConservaDems are wrong on the substance and the politics, a little audacity is what Dems and the country need, but one raised eyebrow from David Broder and an interactive poll about socialism from al Foxeera is enough to send the likes of McCaskill and Webb heading for the hills and hiding under their moist-mattressed beds."