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au·dac·i·ty

 (ô-dăs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. au·dac·i·ties
1. Fearless daring; intrepidity.
2. Bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention.
3. An act or instance of intrepidity or insolent heedlessness: warned the students that any audacities committed during the graduation ceremony would be punished.

au•dac•i•ty

(ɔˈdæs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. boldness or daring, esp. with confident disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions; nerve.
2. effrontery; shameless boldness.
3. Usu., audacities. audacious acts or statements.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.audacity - fearless daringaudacity - fearless daring      
boldness, hardihood, hardiness, daring - 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.audacity - aggressive boldness or unmitigated effronteryaudacity - aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery; "he had the audacity to question my decision"
boldness, nerve, brass, cheek, face - impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
effrontery, presumptuousness, presumption, assumption - audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness"

audacity

noun
2. cheek, nerve, defiance, gall (informal), presumption, rudeness, chutzpah (U.S. & Canad. informal), insolence, impertinence, neck (informal), impudence, effrontery, brass neck (Brit. informal), shamelessness, sassiness (U.S. informal), forwardness, pertness, audaciousness, disrespectfulness He had the audacity to look at his watch while I was talking.
Quotations
"Being tactful in audacity is knowing how far one can go too far" [Jean Cocteau Le Rappel à l'ordre]

audacity

noun
Translations
جريء، جَسور
odvaha
dristighedfrækhed
julkeusuhkarohkeus
rettenthetetlenségvakmerőségbátorság
dirfska
cüretgözüpeklik

audacity

[ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ] N
1. (= boldness) → audacia f, osadía f
2. (= impudence) → atrevimiento m, descaro m
to have the audacity to do sthtener el descaro de hacer algo

audacity

[ɔːˈdæsɪti] n (= daring) → audace f
to have the audacity to do sth → avoir l'audace de faire qch

audacity

, audaciousness
n
(= impudence)Dreistigkeit f, → Unverfrorenheit f; to have the audacity to do somethingdie Dreistigkeit or Unverfrorenheit besitzen, etw zu tun
(= boldness)Kühnheit, Verwegenheit f

audacity

[ɔːˈdæsɪtɪ] n (boldness) → audacia; (impudence) → sfacciataggine f, sfrontatezza

audacious

(oːˈdeiʃəs) adjective
bold and daring. an audacious plan.
auˈdacity (-ˈdӕsə-) noun
References in classic literature ?
Amy was learning this distinction through much tribulation, for mistaking enthusiasm for inspiration, she attempted every branch of art with youthful audacity.
When he had ended, and resumed his seat, the collected tribe--for his auditors, in substance, included all the fighting men of the party--sat regarding each other like men astonished equally at the audacity and the success of their enemies.
It was a long time since any one had had the audacity to tell him he had done well.
As he dashed away, to cover his first audacity of compliment, Christie lifted the eyes thus apostrophized to the opposite field.
Thence, with native audacity, but still with a reserve as characteristic, she flew into the midst of a group of mariners, the swarthy-cheeked wild men of the ocean, as the Indians were of the land; and they gazed wonderingly and admiringly at Pearl, as if a flake of the sea-foam had taken the shape of a little maid, and were gifted with a soul of the sea-fire, that flashes beneath the prow in the night-time.
Though by the repeated bloody chastisements they have received at the hands of European cruisers, the audacity of these corsairs has of late been somewhat repressed; yet, even at the present day, we occasionally hear of English and American vessels, which, in those waters, have been remorselessly boarded and pillaged.
Fanny looked very angry too, and her husband was all in a fright at his sister's audacity.
Appearances would warrant that conclusion: and, no doubt (though, with an audacity that wants chastising out of you, you seem to question it), they will be a superlatively happy pair.
The minute after a step traversed the hall; the open house was too tempting for Heathcliff to resist walking in: most likely he supposed that I was inclined to shirk my promise, and so resolved to trust to his own audacity.
A man well used to working in the dark; a man with endless resources of audacity and cunning; a man who would hesitate at no mean employment that could be offered to him, if it was employment that filled his pockets -- was this the instrument for which, in its present need, her hand was waiting?
And nice people they were, who had the audacity to call him mad,' pursued my aunt.
So that, however I may have occasion to rue my present audacity, I have at least the most respectable precedents in my favour.