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From Latin audacia (boldness), from audax (bold), from audeō (I am bold, I dare).

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  • (UK) enPR: ô-dāʹshəs IPA(key): /ɔːˈdeɪʃəs/
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  • (US) enPR: ô-dāʹshəs IPA(key): /ɔˈdeɪʃəs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃəs

Adjective edit

audacious (comparative more audacious, superlative most audacious)

  1. Showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      That such a safe adaptation could come of The Hunger Games speaks more to the trilogy’s commercial ascent than the book’s actual content, which is audacious and savvy in its dark calculations.
    • 2014 August 21, “A brazen heist in Paris [print version: International New York Times, 22 August 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times[2]:
      The audacious hijacking in Paris of a van carrying the baggage of a Saudi prince to his private jet is obviously an embarrassment to the French capital, whose ultra-high-end boutiques have suffered a spate of heists in recent months.
  2. Impudent, insolent.

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