(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.
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.
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Additional examples of audacity in action:
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!
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?
2. An addiction to drink.
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".
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".