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audacity

[aw-das-i-tee] /ɔˈdæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural audacities.
1.
boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
2.
effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness:
His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.
3.
Usually, audacities. audacious or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity
Synonyms
1. nerve, spunk, grit, temerity, foolhardiness. 2. impudence, impertinence, brashness.
Antonyms
1, 2. discretion, prudence.
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  • One is a hybrid of passion and oligarchy, audacity and caution, intelligence and populism.
  • To have the audacity to make these conclusions with the paucity of data is what is wrong with traditional medicine.
  • The audacity seems symptomatic for corporations that size.
  • Only I have the audacity and guts to admit to it.
  • But the audacity of this week's bombings may cast a deeper chill.
  • Success is the child of audacity.
  • Pardon us for having the audacity to expect things to work all the time.
  • What has made the pirates' audacity possible is the collapse of Somalia.
  • The audience was roaring with laughter at its sheer audacity and outrageousness.
  • In the end, the simple audacity of the concept brought publicity.
Word Origin and History for audacity
n.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin audacitas "boldness," from Latin audacis genitive of audax (see audacious).

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