intrepidity

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EtymologyEdit

intrepid +‎ -ity

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intrepidity (countable and uncountable, plural intrepidities)

  1. The quality of being intrepid; bravery.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:courage
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardice
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, “He is Concerned in a Dangerous Adventure with a Certain Gardener; []”, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volume I, London: Harrison and Co., [], published 1781, OCLC 316121541, page 49, column 1:
      [...] Pipes, who acted as the enemy's forlorn hope, advanced to the gate with great intrepidity, and clapping his foot to the door, which was none of the ſtouteſt, with the execution and diſpatch of a petard, ſplit it into a thouſand pieces.
    • 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter VI, in Pride and Prejudice, volume I, London: [] T[homas] Egerton [], OCLC 38659585, pages 57–58:
      Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. Mr. Darcy replied with great intrepidity, "Miss Elizabeth Bennet."
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      And then I think I saw the most tremendous exhibition of moral courage and intrepidity that it is possible to conceive.
    • 1907, Henry James, “Preface”, in The American (The Novels and Tales of Henry James; II), New York edition, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 5372622, page xvii:
      [T]here are common and covert ones [dangers], that "look like nothing" and that can be but inwardly and occultly dealt with, which involve the sharpest hazards to life and honour and the highest instant decisions and intrepidities of action.

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