Definition of audacity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

audacity

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɔːˈdæsəti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˈdæsəti//
 
[uncountable] Brave, Describing unpleasant traits
 
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brave but rude or shocking behaviour synonym nerve He had the audacity to say I was too fat. The sheer audacity of the plan amazed everyone. See related entries: Brave, Describing unpleasant traits Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin audacitas, from audax, audac- ‘bold’ (from audere ‘dare’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: audacity