audacity Definition

a willingness to take bold risks; rude or disrespectful behavior; the quality of being confident and unafraid of danger or punishment.

Using audacity: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "audacity" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I can't believe he had the audacity to ask for a raise after only working here for a month.

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    She had the audacity to insult my cooking after I spent all day preparing dinner for her.

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    His audacity in the face of danger was both impressive and terrifying.

audacity Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for audacity

Antonyms for audacity

Phrases with audacity

  • to have the nerve or gall to do something, often something considered inappropriate or disrespectful


    He had the audacity to show up at my party uninvited.

  • a phrase used to describe the optimism and confidence one has in the face of difficult circumstances


    Despite the challenges ahead, she maintained an audacity of hope that things would work out.

  • used to describe someone who embodies or exemplifies audacity


    Her decision to quit her job and travel the world was audacity personified.

Origins of audacity

from Latin 'audac-' meaning 'bold'


Summary: audacity in Brief

'Audacity' [ɔːˈdæsəti] refers to a willingness to take bold risks, often with a disregard for social norms or consequences. It can also refer to rude or disrespectful behavior. Phrases like 'have the audacity to do something' and 'an audacity of hope' use 'audacity' to denote nerve or confidence. 'Audacity personified' describes someone who embodies audacity.