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audacious

au·da·cious

audacious

 
pronunciation:
aw deI shihs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: very bold or adventurous; daring.
Acquiring the rival company was an audacious business move.His escape from the prison was an audacious feat.
synonyms:
adventuresome, adventurous, bold, brave, courageous, daring, intrepid, venturesome
antonyms:
timid
similar words:
fearless, forward, lionhearted, undaunted
definition 2: showing no concern for social conventions or law; insolent.
Few women of the time would commit such an audacious act as smoking in public.
synonyms:
impudent, insolent, presumptuous, unconventional, unprincipled
antonyms:
civil
similar words:
brassy, brazen, cheeky, forward, fresh, nervy, outrageous, rude, shameless
derivations: audaciously (adv.), audaciousness (n.)
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The word audacious contains the following part:
-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."