Do you wake up in the morning, undaunted by the challenges the day ahead will pose? If so, you are the very definition of intrepid. On the other hand, if you are anxious about anything, you are experiencing trepidation. You can see how these two words are related, but in case you need some proof, here’s what the Online Etymology Dictionary says:
“unmoved by danger, undaunted,” 1690s, from French intrépide (16c.) and directly from Latin intrepidus “unshaken, undaunted, not alarmed,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + trepidus “alarmed,” from PIE *trep-(1) “to tremble” (see trepidation). Related: Intrepidly; intrepidness (1620s).
Intrepid is a word often connected to warriors. That is why the US Navy has named four different ships USS Intrepid. The fourth ship, the USS Intrepid (CV 11) is now a floating museum in New York City. It played a role in the recent presidential campaign, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shared their views on the military.
One of my favorite songs, “Killer in the Streets,” by the Raveonettes mentions the USS intrepid:
Now, on to the quotes from famous people, because they—not necessarily the thoughts they convey—are what audiences perceive as most credible (despite the fact that they are often the least credible):
“Amongst the qualities a hero should have, I would include determination, loyalty, courage, perseverance, patience, focus, intrepidity and selflessness.” – Ricky Martin
“Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together – what do you get? The sum of their fears” – Winston Churchill
“I’m not claiming to be anything out of the ordinary. I am not especially big or strong or brave or intrepid.” – Roz Savage
Finally, here’s another song I like that somehow snuck intrepid into its lyrics: