Meaning of boldness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbəʊldnəs/

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mass noun
  • 1Willingness to take risks and act innovatively; confidence or courage.

    ‘the boldness and independence that characterized his leadership’
    • ‘he is showing incredible boldness in going after the cartels’
    • ‘She was much applauded for her boldness in tackling the unfamiliar Balanchine style.’
    • ‘The political leaderships must show guts and boldness, and must be willing to take political risk for the sake of better long-term achievements.’
    • ‘She pours out floods of radiant sound as her character gains in boldness and patriotic zeal.’
    • ‘When he resolves to find medical supplies for the village, his boldness threatens to shatter the safety of the commune and change things forever.’
    • ‘It was directed with daring boldness from Steinbeck's dramatic realistic story.’
    • ‘The actress perfectly captures the boldness and charm of Hepburn.’
    • ‘In 1935, she told a folklorist a story of the legendary outlaw's boldness and daring.’
    • ‘With so much determination and boldness from so few and such brave horsemen, they did not dare to wait for the third encounter.’
    • ‘The scale of his boldness as he forced unification on Germany was outside the thinking of 19th-century British cabinets.’
    • ‘The lack of artillery was made good by the boldness, initiative, and genius of a single individual.’
    1. 1.1 dated Confidence to an impudent or presumptuous degree.
      ‘they had the boldness to mock a man who had served his country’
      • ‘you will overlook my boldness, I hope’
      • ‘It is probable that the boldness of her temper impelled her sometimes to speak unwelcome truths to some of the people concerned in her affairs.’
      • ‘These lyrics have the tipsy boldness of a fabulous drinking song.’
      • ‘Despite her wildness, she's actually vulnerable, with her outward boldness hiding a deep insecurity.’
      • ‘I shall try to give no occasion for that, perhaps just reproach of their ill-mannered boldness.’
      • ‘Mother Brigitta found opportunity for various marginal notes, which indicated her displeasure at the boldness of this ill-bred fop.’
  • 2The quality of having a strong, vivid, or clear appearance.

    ‘the boldness of the hues are very startling’
    • ‘these works display a great boldness of forms’
    • ‘Some critics have complained about the boldness of the colors.’
    • ‘There is a complex visual interplay between its subtlety and the boldness of the stripes flanking it.’
    • ‘He renders spaces and buildings with disarming boldness: flat earthy tones embrace colonial architectural embellishment and contemporary urban sprawl.’
    • ‘The boldness and visual brilliance that lets posters succeed as ads has been their "albatross."’
    • ‘Heart-shaped leaves and demure purple flowers belie this ground cover's boldness.’
    • ‘These are shown in the boldness of the batik colors and the directness of the motifs.’
    • ‘In the 1850s, he moved to the greater attention to detail and boldness of color clearly evident in his oil paintings.’
    • ‘It will be modeled on the museum near Copenhagen, which has earned worldwide praise for the boldness of its design.’
    • ‘A calligraphic boldness as well as the apparent symbol of enlightenment might indicate Japanese.’
    • ‘The center glyph is the default level of boldness for this font.’