2. Unrestrained by convention or propriety; brazen or insolent: audacious rudeness.
3. Spirited and original: an audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas.
[French audacieux, from Old French audace, boldness, from Latin audācia, from audāx, audāc-, bold, from audēre, to dare, from avidus, avid; see AVID.]
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