For example, in the context of sociability, a bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, or to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push someone to fulfill a request.
The word "bold" may also be used as a synonym of "impudent"; for example, a child may be punished for being "bold" by acting disrespectfully toward an adult or by misbehaving.
Boldness may be contrasted with courage in that the latter implies having fear but confronting it. An example of personified boldness may be found in the Greco-Roman mythological character Philemon.
St. Thomas More said "I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.”. St. John Bosco exclaimed "Be brave! Do not be led by what others think or say.".
- St. Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan The Cardinal Virtues - 2005 Page 116 "Is boldness a sin? Boldness is an emotion. But emotion sometimes is moderated by reason and sometimes lacks the measure of reason, whether by excess or deficiency, and emotion is sinful in this respect. "
- "Baucis and Philemon - Myth Encyclopedia - mythology, Greek, people". Mythencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counseller, which also cwaited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.— Mark 15:43
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.— Philippians 1:14
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness— Acts 4:29–31
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel— Ephesians 6:19
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus— Hebrews 10:19