audacity

If you have audacity then you're one daring — and perhaps reckless — character. Running a red light with three previous tickets under your belt certainly shows audacity. And stupidity.

The noun audacity developed from the Latin word audacitas, which means “boldness." So someone who shows audacity makes bold moves — and isn't afraid of the consequences. Audacity can be admired or frowned upon, depending how far it's taken and how it rears its head. But as former British Prime Minister and novelist Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Success is the child of audacity.”

Definitions of audacity
  1. noun
    aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery
    “he had the audacity to question my decision”
    synonyms: audaciousness
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    types:
    assumption, effrontery, presumption, presumptuousness
    audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
    uppishness, uppityness
    assumption of airs beyond one's station
    type of:
    boldness, brass, cheek, face, nerve
    impudent aggressiveness
  2. noun
    fearless daring
    synonyms: audaciousness, temerity
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    type of:
    boldness, daring, hardihood, hardiness
    the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
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