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Presumptuously or recklessly bold; rash or reckless: "I would never have been temerarious enough to make use of such a title on my own" (Brendan Gill). See Synonyms at reckless.

[From Latin temerārius, from temere, rashly.]

tem′er·ar′i·ous·ly adv.


(ˌtɛm əˈrɛər i əs)

reckless; rash.
[1525–35; < Latin temerārius=temer(e) blindly, heedlessly + -ārius -ary]
tem`er•ar′i•ous•ly, adv.
tem`er•ar′i•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.temerarious - presumptuously daring; "a daredevil test pilot having the right stuff"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"


References in classic literature ?
To produce Tess, fresh from the dairy, as a d'Urberville and a lady, he had felt to be temerarious and risky; hence he had concealed her lineage till such time as, familiarized with worldly ways by a few months' travel and reading with him, he could take her on a visit to his parents, and impart the knowledge while triumphantly producing her as worthy of such an ancient line.
With a vicious lunge the elephant swerved to the right to dispose of this temerarious foeman who dared intervene between himself and his intended victim; but he had not reckoned on the lightning quickness that could galvanize those steel muscles into action so marvelously swift as to baffle even a keener eyesight than Tantor's.
Gamesters at play; cunning rogues baiting their traps with subtle skill; beauty in love with courage, and thus planning to be sought by it; danger, death, love, disappointment, ridicule--any of these might respond to that temerarious rap.
In presuming to denounce the Church's official heads, Dante is, by his own admission, perhaps again too temerarious, "troppo folle" (XIX.