noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English audacite, from Latin audac-, audax Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being audacious: as a. intrepid boldness b. bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints <
had the audacity to defy his boss
2. an audacious act — usually used in plural <
her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him — Edith Wharton
Synonyms: see temerity

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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