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Boldness, 1) courage: “if wit flow from it as b. from my bosom,” Wint. II, 2, 53. John V, 1, 56. Troil. III, 2, 121.
2) freedom from timidity, assurance: “whilst my poor lips at the wood's b. by thee blushing stand,” Sonn. 128, 8. “you call honorable b. impudent sauciness,” H4B II, 1, 134. Shr. II, 89. Tw. V, 73. Wint. III, 2, 219. H8 V, 1, 161.
3) confidence: “in the b. of my cunning,” Meas. IV, 2, 165 (== confidence in my cunning). cf. Bold sub Meas. IV, 2, 165
4) impudence: “a strumpet's b.” All's II, 1, 174. III, 2, 79. Tw. III, 4, 41. Wint. I, 2, 184. R3 I, 2, 42. Cymb. I, 6, 18.
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