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It was an audacious act of piracy.
  bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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audacity audacious audaciously audaciousness
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  • It was an audacious act of piracy.
  • She had the audacity to tell me I am not good enough for him.
  • Now it was certainly a little audacious of him to venture to say to the Emperor’s daughter, ’Will you marry me?
    Lang, Andrew  --  The Yellow Fairy Book
  • Of his three wives Ekwefi was the only one who would have the audacity to bang on his door.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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  • I doubt any of them had the audacity to consider what they’d do if...
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • But when the Capitol decrees that only one tribute can live and you have the audacity to challenge it, I guess that’s a rebellion in itself.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • His forwardness and audacity often caught them off guard.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • the rattling tongue of saucy and audacious eloquence
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It’s the man himself, by all that’s wonderful and audacious!
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Remile was quite shocked, whether by my deformity or my audacity I can’t say,
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  •   "... I’m sorry for your loss."
      I was in my heaven by that time, fitting my limbs together, and couldn’t believe his audacity.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The men were amazed at the burglars’ audacity.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It’s enough that you have the audacity to break the rules in your sewing.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • she laughed with him, as if she liked his audacity.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • ...this most excellent and audacious hobbit...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • It was an audacious crime, a troubling sign of the violence that felt like it was closing in on her no matter how far she moved away from the center of the city.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He was a feared gambler, few dared to take him on, so high and audacious were his stakes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • I had the audacity to complain about ...
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Your daughter had the audacity to come to my house and ask me to teach her how to speak properly so that she could get a place in a flower-shop.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Do you not understand how our audacity will be perceived? Do you not understand, even now, what we have already accomplished, ... It’s our chance, Sonny.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • BEN [ giving great weight to each word, and with a certain vicious audacity]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • Norma’s smile slipped a notch, and Carrie was amazed by her own wit-and audacity.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • That ... audacious Scarlet Pimpernel, alone and with thirty men at his heels, could not reasonably be expected to escape a second time.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • a very audaciously attired young girl
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Archie was surprised by Leon’s audacity, knowing his connection with The Vigils and bringing him in here this way.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • there he was gallantly, thoughtlessly alive, to all appearance indestructible solely by the virtue of his few years and of his unreflecting audacity.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The Witch flung one hand up to feel the shape of this audacity which came off the fifty-four-year-old man like a fever.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Sometimes they had the audacity to ask where someone was.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • She is ... a lover of young men, because they are less cautious, more violent, and with more audacity command her.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • A woman of brilliance and audacity, accompanied by a mere boy, came into the place and took seats near them.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • "Audacious! Offensive! To address me in this manner!"
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • "What if a lesser human being—a Cates, or a Darwin—has the audacity to think that God might whisper to him!"
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • audacious cruelty
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Away with that audacious lady!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • audacious without impudency
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • The sheer audacity of it took my breath away.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • We were both grinning at the audacity of his statement as I stopped dancing, pulling my hands away slowly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • They even had the audacity to request my assistance in making it a reality.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • No matter how stupid, how pointless, how painful my current situation was, as I listened to Mixtape every week I couldn’t deny the love I still felt for that reckless, audacious fool who was still me, if only in my mind.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • What gave me the audacity to speak to him as if he were a person capable of seeing reason, I’ll never know.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • She had sensed the audaciousness, even the brazenness of the letter as she read it; one or the other, or perhaps simple stupidity, had to impel such a communication from an insignificant parish priest to the Commandant of Auschwitz.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I will seem audacious, and brave.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He even has the audacity to wink.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Now he latched onto a wildly audacious goal: the 1936 Olympics, in Berlin.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was Passepartout who, playing his part with a happy audacity, had passed through the crowd amid the general terror.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • What audacity!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Its threat gave her direction, clarity, audacity.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Mr. Trabb’s boy was the most audacious boy in all that country-side.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I felt a strange presentiment from the very first, that that audacious young savage would come to be hung!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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