• WordNet 3.6
    • adj daring disposed to venture or take risks "audacious visions of the total conquest of space","an audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas","the most daring of contemporary fiction writers","a venturesome investor","a venturous spirit"
    • adj daring radically new or original "an avant-garde theater piece"
    • n daring the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger "the proposal required great boldness","the plan required great hardiness of heart"
    • n daring a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy "he could never refuse a dare"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Peter dared not lift his head." "Peter dared not lift his head."
"Who dares kill Marius?" "Who dares kill Marius?"
Who are you who dare to knock at my door Who are you who dare to knock at my door

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" after his editor dared him to write a book using fewer than 50 different words.
    • a Daring Bold; fearless; adventurous; as, daring spirits.
    • n Daring Boldness; fearlessness; adventurousness; also, a daring act.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Delaware it is illegal to get married on a dare.
    • n daring Adventurous courage; intrepidity; boldness; adventurousness.
    • daring Possessing or springing from adventurous courage; bold; fearless; adventurous; reckless.
    • daring Audacious; impudent.
    • daring Synonyms Dauntless, undaunted, heroic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The past-tense of the English word "dare" is "durst".
    • Daring bold: courageous: fearless
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  • Robert Burns
    “Dare to be honest and fear no labor.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”
  • Marian Anderson
    Marian Anderson
    “The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.”
  • Aristotle
    “No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.”
  • Mary Kay Ash
    Mary Kay Ash
    “Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “All serious daring starts from within.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. durran, pres. dearr; Goth. daursan; akin to Gr. tharsein.


In literature:

And you have all these too: so I dare say my burden is the lightest, after all.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
I dare say you saw something of Manderson down here before the murder?
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Never would he dream that a girl would dare what she meant to dare.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I dare say I shall grow tall enough by-and-by.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
The remote country parts in which you live afford, I dare say, few opportunities of acquiring accomplishments.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
That they should have dared to treat thee so!
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
What had become of my little wife I knew not; and I dared not show myself at the Bishop's to ask.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
At two o'clock, after eating three meals, he did not dare to brave the evident suspicions of that baleful cashier any longer.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
But now my patch is done and I dare to go to Greenwald.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
She was not strong, and dared not undertake a journey to Constantinople at present.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

I trembled both for joy and dread;
A glory from above,
A daughter of the Eternal, I
Had wedded, dared to love.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
"In misery and penal woes
Must end a glutton's joys;
And learn how ogres punish those
Who dare to eat good boys.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And were it death awaits ye:
Oh! Death is liberty!
Then quails the power, that hates ye,
When freemen dare to die.
"Our Cheer" by Ernest Jones
Sing thou thy sky-lark song of sweetest daring,
And April ecstasy,
That I may follow it and go a-faring
To Arcady.
"Request" by Virna Sheard
SOME have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;
Could I gain thy love to-night,
I'd hazard death to-morrow.
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
For liberty to worship,
And right to do and dare,
They faced the savage and the storm
With voices raised in prayer.
"The Puritans' Christmas" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend in January of 2010, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios pivoted faster than even Spider-Man would dare.
How dare a player meet with a professor about his academics while Coach.
But its study is not taboo—and is in some quarters increasingly daring.
With 'MDNA' finally out and her debut fragrance Truth or Dare about to land at retail next month, she is dominating the cultural landscape.
Due to the inability of Congress to work together over budget matters, and the failure of executive leadership to receive the ended cooperation necessary to achieve a successful solution, the public has presented a dare.
Childhood circumstances become more hardscrabble, youthful adventures more daring and glamorous.
The above-average script gives Emily plenty of bad qualities, as if daring Gummer to be likable.
Let's Dare To Dream Of Interconnected Trails – March 16, 2011.
Lolo Jones' reaction to joking Twitter dare doesn't have Eric LeGrand upset, though.
A plethora of daring and diverse artist residency programs have sprung up in and around the Morongo Basin.
That's right: if you're daring enough to swim to the glassed-in edge of the Joule 's heated rooftop pool, which juts out a dramatic eight feet beyond the building's facade, you can peer down on the passersby walking along Main Street.
Not in a don't-you-dare-touch sort of way.
How dare you, Off-Site Kitchen.
What was once a daring hair color trend -- dark roots that gradually lighten down to the ends -- has become a signature look for stars such as Rachel Bilson, Hilary Duff and Drew Barrymore.
ONE breezy evening a few months ago, 19-year-old Joseph Briggs did something he had never before dared to do growing up gay in New York: he held hands with and kissed his boyfriend in his own neighborhood.

In science:

We even dare to consider this as an advantage because the results do not involve the (average) car length as in other formalisms.
Modelling gap-size distribution of parked cars using random-matrix theory
We could perhaps obtain our ob jective with a more daring approach, using absolute normality here and there.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
We dare formulate it as a problem at the end of the current paper.
Subnormal embedding theorems for groups
Dominguez), we may dare foreseeing that, hopefully soon, the two schools of thought will converge in a compromising scenario, where both the cosmological and the local properties derived from observations will be reproduced by theoretical models.
Understanding dwarf galaxies as galactic building blocks
When provided with the responses of all 120 participants the DARE model correctly infers the correct responses for 46 of the questions.
How To Grade a Test Without Knowing the Answers --- A Bayesian Graphical Model for Adaptive Crowdsourcing and Aptitude Testing