What is boldness?

  • (noun): The quality of standing out strongly and distinctly.
    Synonyms: strikingness
    See also — Additional definitions below

Boldness

Boldness is an opposite of being shy. A bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push a person to fulfill some request, and so on. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent. Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance. Outside a social context, "boldness" can also refer to a willingness to get things done, even despite risks, and is therefore broadly synonymous with bravery.

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... Boldness is an opposite of being shy ... Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent ... Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance ...

More definitions of "boldness":

  • (noun): Impudent aggressiveness.
    Example: "I couldn't believe her boldness"
    Synonyms: nerve, brass, face, cheek
  • (noun): The trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger.
    Example: "The proposal required great boldness"
    Synonyms: daring, hardihood

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    Such impetuous schemes and boldness are at first sight alluring, but are difficult to handle, and in the result disastrous.
    Titus Livius (Livy)