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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [aw-das-i-tee]
    • /ɔˈdæs ɪ ti/
    • /ɔːˈdæs.ə.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [aw-das-i-tee]
    • /ɔˈdæs ɪ ti/

Definitions of audacity word

  • uncountable noun audacity Audacity is audacious behaviour. 3
  • noun audacity bold courage; daring 3
  • noun audacity shameless or brazen boldness; insolence 3
  • noun audacity an audacious act or remark 3
  • noun plural audacity boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions. 1
  • noun plural audacity effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness: His questioner's audacity shocked the lecturer. 1

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Origin of audacity

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English audacite < Latin audāc-, stem of audāx daring (adj.) + -ite -ity

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Parts of speech for Audacity


audacity popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for audacity

noun audacity

  • guts — the alimentary canal, especially between the pylorus and the anus, or some portion of it. Compare foregut, midgut, hindgut.
  • courage — Courage is the quality shown by someone who decides to do something difficult or dangerous, even though they may be afraid.
  • boldness — not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
  • fearlessness — without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.
  • nerve — one or more bundles of fibers forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, etc., between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body.

Antonyms for audacity

noun audacity

  • cowardice — Cowardice is cowardly behaviour.
  • fear — a river in SE North Carolina. 202 miles (325 km) long.
  • gentility — good breeding or refinement.
  • humility — the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
  • meekness — humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.

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