opposite of fear
(Redirected from Boldness)

Audacity is an insolent form of boldness, especially when imprudent or unconventional. It implies a degree of impudence, but also fearlessness and intrepid daring.


  • The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one is the healthy attitude of human nature.
  • "Oh?" she said. "So you have decided to revise my guest list for me? You have the nerve, the – the –" I saw she needed helping out. "Audacity," I said, throwing her the line. "The audacity to dictate to me who I shall have in my house." It should have been "whom", but I let it go. "You have the –" "Crust." "– the immortal rind," she amended, and I had to admit it was stronger, "to tell me whom" – she got it right that time – "I may entertain at Brinkley Court and who" – wrong again – "I may not."

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 46.
  • Questa lor tracotanza non è nuova.
  • De l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace.
    • Audacity, more audacity, always audacity.
    • Danton during the French Revolution. (See also Carlyle, The French Revolution, Volume II. 3. 4).
  • Audax omnia perpeti
    Gens humana ruit per vetitum nefas.
    • The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.
    • Horace, Carmina, I. 3. 25.
  • Audendo magnus tegitur timor.

See also