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audacious


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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  • It was an audacious act of piracy.

  • 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

  • You been into some other audacious mischief when I wasn`t around, like enough.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer

  • I doubt any of them had the audacity to consider what they`d do if...
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

  • an audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas

  • There are faces too--faces dark, truculent, and smiling; the frank audacious faces of men barefooted, well armed and noiseless.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Tales of Unrest

  • I had the audacity to complain about ...
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

  • Remile was quite shocked, whether by my deformity or my audacity I can`t say,
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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Associated words [difficulty]:   audacious [2]
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