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[aw-dey-shuh s] /ɔˈdeɪ ʃəs/
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; 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; insolent; brazen.
lively; unrestrained; uninhibited:
an audacious interpretation of her role.
Origin of audacious
1540-50; audaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
audaciously, adverb
audaciousness, noun
unaudacious, adjective
unaudaciously, adverb
unaudaciousness, noun
1. courageous, intrepid, dauntless, venturesome. 3. unabashed, shameless; impertinent, forward.
1. cowardly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for audacious
  • He's very much on track for both, thanks to his most audacious performance yet in this season of triumph and controversy.
  • Nowhere in the world would such an audacious proposal ever have seen the light of the day.
  • Today the most audacious prints and jacquards are created by computers.
  • The idea is simple, and audacious.
  • The authors are audacious and specific in this crystal-ball-gazing exercise concerning the world's future.
  • It was an act of desecration so audacious that it traumatized the art community in the Netherlands for years.
  • The audacious move was met with silence.
  • In this audacious account, Takeda describes the miseries of his team's grueling, near-fatal trek.
  • Of course it's a ridiculous decision, that's what makes it so audacious and so great.
  • The most audacious thing I could possibly state in this day and age is that life is worth living.
British Dictionary definitions for audacious


recklessly bold or daring; fearless
impudent or presumptuous
Derived Forms
audaciously, adverb
audaciousness, audacity (ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin audāx bold, from audēre to dare
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Word Origin and History for audacious

1540s, "confident, intrepid," from Middle French audacieux, from audace "boldness," from Latin audacia "daring, boldness, courage," from audax "brave, bold, daring," but more often "bold" in a bad sense, "audacious, rash, foolhardy," from audere "to dare, be bold." Bad sense of "shameless" is attested from 1590s in English. Related: Audaciously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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