(Latin: suffix; quality of)

A suffix that forms nouns of quality or state. There are hundreds of other -acity suffixes; however, the following will present significant examples.

audacity (s) (noun), audacities (pl)
1. The willingness to take courageous risks: The audacity of the fireman saved the life of the little girl when the apartment building was on fire.
2. Boldness which may be combined with disregard for the consequences; rashness, recklessness: Skydiving takes both audacity and skill.
3. Open disregard for proper behavior or morality; impudence: The woman had the audacity to walk out during the sermon in church.
4. Aggressive rudeness or unmitigated effrontery: Shirley had the audacity to challenge her father's decision that she should not stay out late.
Impudence or showing a lack of respect for another person.
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Additional examples of audacity in action:

A mother challenges her boy's honesty.
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I asked you to tell me where you've been all afternoon! Don't tell me again that you were over at Jimmy's because I called and he said you weren't there. Now, tell me the truth!

The boy responds with an audacious statement.
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Mother, do you have the audacity to doubt my veracity and to insinuate that I prevaricate when I am as pure and undefiled as the icicles that hang from a church steeple?

1. The practice or habit of drinking too much; tippling.
2. An addiction to drink.
capacity (kuh PAS uh tee) (s) (noun), capacities (pl)
1. Amount of room or space inside; largest amount that can be held by a container: A gallon can has a capacity of four quarts.
2. Ability to receive, hold, or absorb; the maximum amount that can be contained or produced: The capacity of the theater was 1500 seats and it was filled to capacity.
3. The ability to learn or to do; power or fitness: Sabina has a great capacity for learning.
4. The ability to withstand some force or perform some function: The capacity of a metal to retain heat.
5. Maximum output: During the war, steel factories worked at full capacity.
6. A position or relation; legal power or qualification: A person may act in the capacity of a guardian, trustee, voter, friend, etc.
7. Etymology: from Latin capacitatem, capacitas, "breadth, spacious"; from capax, "able to hold much"; from capere "to take".
Having a greediness of appetite for flesh (meat).
contumacity (s) (noun), contumacities (pl)
Stubborn and disrespectful resistance to an authority of anykind.
inaudacity (s) (noun), inaudacities (pl)
A deficiency of making proper decisions or not doing the right thing: The in audacity of the father who ran out of the burning building before taking his little son out with him could have resulted in the child's death; however, the bravery of the woman in the apartment across the hall saved his life because she heard him crying and took him out to safety.
incapacity (s) (noun), incapacities (pl)
Loquacity; talkative, tending to talk a great deal.
The condition or quality of being loquacious; talkativeness.
mendacity (s) (noun), mendacities (pl)
1. Dishonesty and untruthfulness: There is so much mendacity in politics that people don't know what to believe anymore.
2. Habitual lying or deceiving: Sometimes people are victims of mendacities committed by investment claims of some companies, and even a few banks, to such an extent that they have to find lawyers to defend their losses!
3. Etymology: from Late Latin mendacitas, "falsehood".
Falsehood, untruthfulness, lying.
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