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Friday, September 21, 2007


\in-TREP-id\ , adjective;
Fearless; bold; brave; undaunted; courageous; as, an intrepid soldier; intrepid spirit.
But the stubborn descendants of the twenty-one intrepid people who plowed through the mountains in search of the sea to the west avoided the reefs of the melodic mixup and dancing went on until dawn.
-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Not as energetically, certainly, as Walt-- who was intrepid, who flung his body into every new circumstance with faith and grace and with temerity.
-- John Irving, The World According to Garp
Britain's World War I-era prime minister, David Lloyd George, whom Jones had once served as an aide, said the intrepid journalist might have been killed because he "knew too much of what was going on."
-- Associated Press, "Diary That Helped Expose Stalin's Famine Displayed", New York Times, November 13, 2009
Intrepid comes from Latin intrepidus, "calm," from in-, "not" + trepidus, "anxious, disturbed."
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