audacious

[ aw-dey-shuhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Mid 16th century; Latin

from Latin audax, audac- ‘bold’ (from audere ‘dare’) + -ious

Synonyms

    1.
  • cheeky
  • brassy
    2.
  • adventurous
  • bold
  • corageous
  • risky

Antonyms

    1.
  • polite
  • rude
  • disrespectful
    2.
  • afraid
  • careful
  • cautious
  • cowardly
  • fearful
  • timid

Definition

1. showing an impudent lack of respect
2. showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks

Examples

1. The student was punished for their audacious remark to the teacher.
2. It takes an audacious person to free climb a mountain.

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