audacity (plural audacities)
- Insolent boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional.
- The brash private had the audacity to criticize the general.
- Somebody never pays his loans, yet he has the audacity to ask the bank for money.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVIII:
- “Oh?” she said. “So you have decided to revise my guest list for me? You have the nerve, the – the –” I saw she needed helping out. “Audacity,” I said, throwing her the line. “The audacity to dictate to me who I shall have in my house.” It should have been “whom”, but I let it go. “You have the –” “Crust.” “– the immortal rind,” she amended, and I had to admit it was stronger, “to tell me whom” – she got it right that time – “I may entertain at Brinkley Court and who” – wrong again – “I may not.”
- Fearlessness, intrepid daring.