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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
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