Audacious Au*da"cious, a. [F. audacieux, as if fr. LL. audaciosus (not found), fr. L. audacia audacity, fr. audax, -acis, bold, fr. audere to dare.] 1. Daring; spirited; adventurous. [1913 Webster]

As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides Audacious. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Contemning the restraints of law, religion, or decorum; bold in wickedness; presumptuous; impudent; insolent. `` Audacious traitor.'' --Shak. `` Such audacious neighborhood.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Committed with, or proceedings from, daring effrontery or contempt of law, morality, or decorum. ``Audacious cruelty.'' ``Audacious prate.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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