audacious

[aw-dey-shuhs]
adjective
1.
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
2.
extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive: an audacious vision of the city's bright future.
3.
recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen.
4.
lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.

Origin:
1540–50; audaci(ty) + -ous

audaciously, adverb
audaciousness, noun
unaudacious, adjective
unaudaciously, adverb
unaudaciousness, noun


1. courageous, intrepid, dauntless, venturesome. 3. unabashed, shameless; impertinent, forward.


1. cowardly.
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audacious (ɔːˈdeɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  recklessly bold or daring; fearless
2.  impudent or presumptuous
 
[C16: from Latin audāx bold, from audēre to dare]
 
au'daciously
 
adv
 
au'daciousness
 
n
 
audacity
 
n

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audacious
1540s, "confident, intrepid," from L. audacia "daring, boldness, courage," from audax "bold, daring," from audere "to dare." Bad sense of "shameless" is attested from 1590s. L. audax also had a good and a bad sense and could mean "audacious, rash, foolhardy."
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Example sentences
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.
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