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daring Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy
    • he could never refuse a dare
  2. noun the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
    hardiness; boldness; hardihood.
    • the proposal required great boldness
    • the plan required great hardiness of heart
  3. verb take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission
    make bold; presume; dare.
    • How dare you call my lawyer?
  4. verb to be courageous enough to try or do something
    • I don't dare call him", "she dares to dress differently from the others
  5. verb challenge
    defy; dare.
    • I dare you!
  6. adjective satellite disposed to venture or take risks
    audacious; venturesome; venturous.
    • audacious visions of the total conquest of space
    • an audacious interpretation of two Jacobean dramas
    • the most daring of contemporary fiction writers
    • a venturesome investor
    • a venturous spirit
  7. adjective satellite radically new or original
    • an avant-garde theater piece

Dar"ing noun
  1. Boldness; fearlessness; adventurousness; also, a daring act.
Dar"ing adjective
  1. Bold; fearless; adventurous; as, daring spirits. -- Dar"ing*ly, adv. -- Dar"ing*ness, n.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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