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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His black eyes were of the audacious sort, and he flashed a glance of admiration at Patty.

    Patty's Social Season Carolyn Wells
  • There was no audacious bobcat around to worry them that night.

  • What such an audacious look of well-being, under august displeasure, could mean she could not understand.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She was an audacious woman, and openly looked compassionately at me.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Still the plan, considering the Boers' skill in defending strong positions, had an audacious look about it.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
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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