audacity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n audacity aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery "he had the audacity to question my decision"
    • n audacity fearless daring
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Audacity Daring spirit, resolution, or confidence; venturesomeness. "The freedom and audacity necessary in the commerce of men."
    • Audacity Reckless daring; presumptuous impudence; -- implying a contempt of law or moral restraints. "With the most arrogant audacity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n audacity Boldness; daring; confidence; intrepidity.
    • n audacity Reckless daring; venturesomeness.
    • n audacity Audaciousness; presumptuous impudence; effrontery: in a bad sense, and often implying a contempt of law or moral restraint: as, “arrogant audacity,”
    • n audacity An audacious person or act. Synonyms Hardihood.
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.”
  • Madame Dorothe Deluzy
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    “Perseverance and audacity generally win!”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.”
  • John Dewey
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    “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Success is the child of audacity.”

Usage

In literature:

To shoot down people by night is a violation of every law, human and divine, but it lacks audacity.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
It inspires a sublime audacity and a heroic courage.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The rajah's rage at the audacity of the rebels, as he called them, was excessive.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dead stillness fell upon the Tuscans, so astonished were they at the audacity of the Roman.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
This has the happy audacity of Shakespeare, and his delight in playing with logic; it is almost witty.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The audacity of the deed contributed largely to its success.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
His bravery undoubtedly proved his salvation, for they were too much astounded to move at his audacity.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
He has told me often, with a chuckle at the audacity of it, how he picked out his employer.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
It was broken by Lady Ashton, who in that space partly recovered her natural audacity.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
The Lady had entered and listened with some trepidation to the frank audacity of the children's views.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

THE LADY
I say not that: yet prithee have a care!
Often audacity has proved a snare.
How wan and pale do moon-kissed roses grow--
Dost thou not fear my kisses, Pierrot?
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
In the twilight of my audacity
I saw you flee the world, the burnt highways
Of summer gave up their light: I
Followed you with the uncommon span
Of fear-supported and disbursed eyes.
"Ignis Fatuus" by Allen Tate

In news:

When Kansas' Dayne Crist was in high school, a budding quarterback phenom in Southern California, a rival high school once had the audacity to question his age.
Spanish Driver Takes Advantage of His Team's Audacity to Block Vettel Title Bid.
MANY Americans are mystified by the recent rise in the number and the audacity of suicide attacks in Iraq.
Though turtles are not typically known for their speed and audacity, a Georgia farm saw 1600 turtles free themselves in a daring escape from captivity .
Bill Clinton 's entire speech Ending days of speculation over their once-brittle relationship, Clinton cast his lot with President Obama with rule-breaking audacity — all but abandoning his written script and speaking straight from the heart.
When you don't need ProTools or Logic, but you want something more powerful than Audacity, TwistedWave fits the bill.
Rennie Harris had the audacity to take hip-hop dancing out of the club and put it on the concert stage.
While on trial Washington actually had the audacity to "take his confession back" WOW.
The audacity of cynicism .
The Audacity of Cynicism .
Johnny Manziel made history Saturday, becoming the first freshman in the Heisman Trophy's 77 years with the audacity to walk off with the prize.
A copy of US President Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope" is held by a supporter looking for an autograph during a campaign rally.
Accusing Baz Luhrmann of audacity for the exuberant extravagance that is Australia is a bit like telling a shark it has very sharp teeth.
The United States boat The Audacity of Hope, docked in Athens on Friday, tried to sail to Gaza as part of a protest flotilla .
Passengers who will sail aboard the US boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, prepare for the flotilla 's departure.
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In science:

What a deception therefore to note the audacity with which P.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
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