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au·dac·i·ty

audacity

 
 
pronunciation:
aw dae sih ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: audacities
definition 1: courage or boldness often combined with daring or recklessness.
Her audacity in exposing her corrupt boss surprised everyone.
synonyms:
boldness, bravery, courage, daring, fearlessness
similar words:
balls, grit
definition 2: boldness that is shameless or rude.
I can't believe you have the audacity to ask me for help after the shameful way you treated me in the past.
similar words:
arrogance, brass, cheek, lip, nerve