boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness:
His questioner’s audacity shocked the lecturer.
Usually, audacities. or particularly bold or daring acts or statements.
Contemporary Examples

It had to do with me having the audacity to mock their new savior Ted Cruz.
The Tea Party’s War on Comedy Dean Obeidallah October 23, 2013

He was particularly opposed to Soltani, who once had the audacity of filing a complaint against him.
Iran’s Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers Roxana Saberi October 25, 2012

His move required a bit of audacity as well as practicality.
Obama Comes Full Circle In Gay-Marriage Evolution Michelle Goldberg May 8, 2012

“Yes, We Can” and “The audacity of Hope” have lost the power they once held.
Larry Flynt: Obama: No, You Can’t! Larry Flynt April 11, 2011

She even had the audacity to steal from his personal rhubarb plant.
The Other Mumford & Sons, Shark Week Insanity & More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video August 9, 2013

Historical Examples

She lifted her face then, startled by her own audacity, and said, “Want to see me do it?”
The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard

“He certainly is not lacking in audacity,” thought Mr. Morgan.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger

Really, it is hard to imagine who could have had the audacity to introduce a creature like that into our circle.
Pride Eugne Sue

Buttner, thinking to punish him for his audacity, put a ‘poser’ to him, and awaited the result.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

“Very generous,” she answered calmly, coming back to her natural coolness and audacity.
The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith


mid-15c., from Medieval Latin audacitas “boldness,” from Latin audacis genitive of audax (see audacious).


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