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 Dictionary entry overview: What does audacious mean? 

AUDACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective AUDACIOUS has 3 senses:

1. invulnerable to fear or intimidation
2. unrestrained by convention or propriety
3. disposed to venture or take risks

  Familiarity information: AUDACIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

AUDACIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1audacious [BACK TO TOP]


Invulnerable to fear or intimidation


intrepid; dauntless; audacious; unfearing; brave; fearless

Context examples:

audacious explorers / fearless reporters and photographers / intrepid pioneers


bold (fearless and daring)

Sense 2audacious [BACK TO TOP]


Unrestrained by convention or propriety


brazen-faced; brazen; barefaced; bodacious; bald-faced; audacious; insolent; brassy

Context examples:

an audacious trick to pull / a barefaced hypocrite / the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim / bald-faced lies / brazen arrogance / the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress


unashamed (used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame)

Sense 3audacious [BACK TO TOP]


Disposed to venture or take risks


daring; venturesome; venturous; audacious

Context examples:

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


adventuresome; adventurous (willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises)

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