American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold. See Synonyms at adventurous, brave.
- adj. Unrestrained by convention or propriety; insolent.
- adj. Spirited and original: an audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bold or daring; spirited; adventurous; intrepid.
- Unrestrained by law, religion, or propriety; characterized by contempt or defiance of the principles of law or morality; presumptuously wicked; shameless; insolent; impudent: as, an audacious traitor; an audacious calumny; “audacious cruelty,” Synonyms Intrepid, foolhardy, rash.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Daring; spirited; adventurous.
- adj. Contemning the restraints of law, religion, or decorum; bold in wickedness; presumptuous; impudent; insolent.
- adj. Committed with, or proceedings from, daring effrontery or contempt of law, morality, or decorum.
- adj. disposed to venture or take risks
- adj. unrestrained by convention or propriety
- adj. invulnerable to fear or intimidation
- From Latin audacia ("boldness"), from audax ("bold"), from audeō ("I am bold, I dare") (Wiktionary)
- French audacieux, from Old French audace, boldness, from Latin audācia, from audāx, audāc-, bold, from audēre, to dare, from avidus, avid; see avid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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