WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
au•da•cious /ɔˈdeɪʃəs/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
au•da•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]
- extremely bold or daring:an audacious plan to row a boat across the Atlantic.
- extremely impolite;
impudent:audacious behavior that would be punished.
(ô dā′shəs),USA pronunciation adj.
- extremely bold or daring;
fearless:an audacious explorer.
- extremely original;
without restriction to prior ideas;
highly inventive:an audacious vision of the city's bright future.
- recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like;
uninhibited:an audacious interpretation of her role.
- audaci(ty) + -ous 1540–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . courageous, intrepid, dauntless, venturesome.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . unabashed, shameless;
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . cowardly.
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audacious /ɔːˈdeɪʃəs/ adj
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin audāx bold, from audēre to dareauˈdaciousness, audacity /ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ/ n
- recklessly bold or daring; fearless
- impudent or presumptuous
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