What does audacious mean?

audacious meaning in General Dictionary

Daring spirited daring

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  • invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  • unrestrained by meeting or propriety
  • disposed to venture and take risks
  • Daring; spirited; daring.
  • Contemning the restraints of legislation, religion, or decorum; strong in wickedness; presumptuous; impudent; insolent.
  • dedicated with, or proceedings from, daring effronteryu000du000a or contempt of law, morality, or decorum.

audacious meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "confident, intrepid," from center French audacieux, from audace "boldness," from Latin audacia "daring, boldness, courage," from audax "brave, bold, daring," but more often "bold" in a negative good sense, "audacious, rash, foolhardy," from audere "to dare, be bold." Bad feeling of "shameless" is attested from 1590s in English. Relevant: Audaciously.


audacious meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Daring; spirited; adventurous.

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  • (a.) Contemning the restraints of legislation, religion, or decorum; bold in wickedness; presumptuous; impudent; insolent.
  • (a.) Committed with, or proceedings from, daring effrontery or contempt of law, morality, or decorum.

Sentence Examples with the word audacious

Consider, now, how it must be in the case of four boats all engaging one unusually strong, active, and knowing whale; when owing to these qualities in him, as well as to the thousand concurring accidents of such an audacious enterprise, eight or ten loose second irons may be simultaneously dangling about him.

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