Audacious vs Bumptious - What's the difference?

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Audacious is a related term of bumptious.


As adjectives the difference between audacious and bumptious

is that audacious is showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring while bumptious is obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.

audacious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring.
  • * 22 March 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
  • That such a safe adaptation could come of The Hunger Games speaks more to the trilogy’s commercial ascent than the book’s actual content, which is audacious and savvy in its dark calculations.
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  • Impudent.
  • Synonyms

    * (willing to take bold risks) bold, daring, temeritous, temerarious

    Antonyms

    * (willing to take bold risks) shy, cautious, prudent

    Derived terms

    () * audaciously * audaciousness

    bumptious

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
  • * 1877 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) :
  • "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it." I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation; I thought it best to change the topic.
  • * 1918 , , The Mirror and the Lamp , ch. 22:
  • From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious ; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  • * 1928 , (Virginia Woolf), :
  • She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

    Derived terms

    * bumptiously * bumptiousness