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audacious (adj) – 1. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold.

  1. Unrestrained by convention or propriety; brazen or insolent.
  2. Spirited and original.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Audacious first appeared in English in the mid-1500s. It was borrowed from the Middle French adjective audacieux, which was derived from the noun audace (“boldness, audacity”). Audace came from the Latin audacia, a derivative of the Latin root audac- (“bold”). Audac- is also the source of audacity, which appeared in Middle English (as audacite) in the 1400s. Audac- can be traced, by way of the Latin verb aud?re (“to dare”), to the Latin adjective avidus (“eager” or “greedy”), which was also borrowed by English, either directly from Latin or via the French avide, to give us our adjective avid. Among the early adopters of audacious was William Shakespeare, who used the word seven times in his plays, as in Henry VI, Part 2, where Somerset addresses York with the lines, “I arrest thee, York, / Of capital treason ‘gainst the King and crown. / Obey, audacious traitor, kneel for grace.”

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