What does audacity mean?

Definitions for audacity
ɔˈdæs ɪ tiau·dac·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. audacity, audaciousness, temeritynoun

    fearless daring

  2. audacity, audaciousnessnoun

    aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery

    "he had the audacity to question my decision"


  1. audacitynoun

    Insolent boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional.

  2. audacitynoun

    Fearlessness, intrepid daring.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Audacitynoun

    Spirit; boldness; confidence.

    Etymology: from audax, Lat.

    Lean, raw-bon’d rascals! who would e’er suppose,
    They had such courage and audacity. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Great effects come of industry and perseverance; for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 902.

    For want of that freedom and audacity, necessary in commerce with men, his personal modesty overthrew all his publick actions. Tatler, №. 52.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Audacitynoun

    daring spirit, resolution, or confidence; venturesomeness

  2. Audacitynoun

    reckless daring; presumptuous impudence; -- implying a contempt of law or moral restraints


  1. Audacity

    Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application, available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems. Audacity was started by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University. As of 10 October 2011, it was the 11th most popular download from SourceForge, with 76.5 million downloads. Audacity won the SourceForge 2007 and 2009 Community Choice Award for Best Project for Multimedia.

Editors Contribution

  1. audacity

    the quality of having enough courage to take risks or say impolite things

    I can't believe he had the audacity to ask me for more money!

    Submitted by anonymous on June 16, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of audacity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of audacity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of audacity in a Sentence

  1. Attorney Casey Yontz:

    This is one of the most egregious emails I’ve seen in my career, to think they would have the audacity to think that it’s OK to write a thought like that in an email says a lot about what is going on over there.

  2. Willie Glenn:

    It just breaks my heart, to know that someone has the audacity to point a weapon, and shoot someone for as little as too much mayonnaise on a sandwich, they were just model employees.

  3. Nancy Northup:

    No one should be forced to delay health care because politicians have the audacity to presume to know what is best for a woman and her family.

  4. The Pope:

    Those who lose their inner serenity, their vivacity and audacity, to hide behind their papers, becoming like procedural machines rather than men of God. This is dangerous to lose human sensitivity, so necessary in order to cry with those who cry and enjoy with those who enjoy.

  5. Evelyn Yang:

    That's what's very painful is knowing that what happened to me could have been prevented, can you imagine the audacity of man who... continues to do this after being arrested? It's like he knew that he wouldn't face any repercussions, that he was protected.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. occlusive
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    • C. contagious
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