What does boldness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boldness, daring, hardiness, hardihoodnoun

    the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger

    "the proposal required great boldness"; "the plan required great hardiness of heart"

  2. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheeknoun

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  3. boldness, strikingnessnoun

    the quality of standing out strongly and distinctly


  1. boldnessnoun

    The state of being bold; courage; presumptuousness.

  2. boldnessnoun

    The relative weight of a font; the thickness of its strokes.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Boldnessnoun

    Etymology: from bold.

    Her horse she rid so, as might shew a fearful boldness, daring to do that, which she knew not how to do. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The boldness of the figures is to be hidden, sometimes by the address of the poet, that they may work their effect upon the mind. John Dryden, State of Innocence, Preface.

    Great is my boldness of speech toward you; great is my glorying in you. 2 Cor. vii. 4.

    Our fear excludeth not that boldness which becometh saints. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 47.

    We have boldness and access with confidence, by the faith of him. Ephes. iii. 12.

    Having therefore boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Heb. x. 19.

    Wonderful is the case of boldness in civil business; what first? Boldness. What second, and third? Boldness. And yet boldness is a child of ignorance and baseness, far inferiour to other parts. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 12.

    Sure if the guilt were theirs, they could not charge thee
    With such a gallant boldness: if ’twere thine,
    Thou couldst not hear’t with such a silent scorn. John Denham.

    His distance, though it does not instruct him to think wiser than other princes, yet it helps him to speak with more boldness what he thinks. William Temple.

    Boldness is the power to speak or do what we intend, before others, without fear or disorder. John Locke.

    That moderation, which useth to suppress boldness, and to make them conquer that suffer. Richard Hooker, Dedication.


  1. Boldness

    Boldness is the opposite of shyness. To be bold implies a willingness to get things done despite risks. Boldness may be a property that only certain individuals are able to display. For example, in the context of sociability, a bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, or to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push someone to fulfill a request. The word "bold" may also be used as a synonym of "impudent"; for example, a child may be punished for being "bold" by acting disrespectfully toward an adult or by misbehaving. Boldness may be contrasted with courage in that the latter implies having fear but confronting it.


  1. boldness

    Boldness is the quality of having a strong, courageous or fearless disposition, often associated with willingness to take risks or actions that one might find daunting. It also refers to the state of being assertive, confident, or standing out prominently in terms of appearance or style.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boldnessnoun

    the state or quality of being bold


  1. Boldness

    Boldness is an opposite of being shy. A bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push a person to fulfill some request, and so on. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent. Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance. Outside a social context, "boldness" can also refer to a willingness to get things done, even despite risks, and is therefore broadly synonymous with bravery. Boldness is not always in a rash context, but can have a great positive connotation to the word. Being bold can be a huge step in social development. "Bold" is sometimes used synonymously with "impudent", where a child may be punished for "being bold" when he or she had acted disrespectfully toward an adult, or simply misbehaved. A typical example of personified boldness is often found by many specialists in the Greco-Roman mythological character of Philemon.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boldness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boldness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of boldness in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Dale E. Turner:

    People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.

  2. James Cobb:

    There's a certain level of boldness and self-confidence required to really be that person, when you go for one of these, you're making a statement that you're either moving on from that culture or trying to one up it.

  3. Norman Vincent Peale:

    The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

  5. Victor Hugo:

    The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity in a girl boldness.

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