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[aw-das-i-tee] /ɔˈdæs ɪ ti/
noun, plural audacities.
boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness:
His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer.
Usually, audacities. audacious or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.
Origin of audacity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity
1. nerve, spunk, grit, temerity, foolhardiness. 2. impudence, impertinence, brashness.
1, 2. discretion, prudence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She lifted her face then, startled by her own audacity, and said, "Want to see me do it?"

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • "He certainly is not lacking in audacity," thought Mr. Morgan.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Really, it is hard to imagine who could have had the audacity to introduce a creature like that into our circle.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a 'poser' to him, and awaited the result.

  • "Very generous," she answered calmly, coming back to her natural coolness and audacity.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
Word Origin and History for audacity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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