temerity


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te·mer·i·ty

 (tə-mĕr′ĭ-tē)
n.
Excessive boldness or rashness; foolhardiness or recklessness.

[Middle English temerite, from Old French, from Latin temeritās, from temere, rashly.]

temerity

(tɪˈmɛrɪtɪ)
n
rashness or boldness
[C15: from Latin temeritās rashness, from temere rashly]
temerarious adj

te•mer•i•ty

(təˈmɛr ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. reckless boldness.
2. an instance of this.
[1400–50; late Middle English temeryte < Latin temeritās=temer(e) rashly + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.temerity - fearless daringtemerity - fearless daring      
boldness, hardihood, hardiness, daring - the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger; "the proposal required great boldness"; "the plan required great hardiness of heart"

temerity

noun audacity, nerve (informal), cheek, gall (informal), front, assurance, pluck, boldness, recklessness, chutzpah (U.S. & Canad. informal), impudence, effrontery, impulsiveness, rashness, brass neck (Brit. informal), foolhardiness, sassiness (U.S. informal), forwardness, heedlessness patients who have the temerity to challenge their doctor

temerity

noun
Foolhardy boldness or disregard of danger:
Translations

temerity

[tɪˈmerɪtɪ] Ntemeridad f
to have the temerity to + INFINatreverse a + infin
and you have the temerity to say that ...!¡y usted se atreve a decir que ...!, ¡y usted me dice tan fresco que ...!

temerity

[tɪˈmɛrəti] naudace f
to have the temerity to do sth → avoir l'audace de faire qch

temerity

nKühnheit f, → Unerhörtheit f (pej)

temerity

[tɪˈmɛrɪtɪ] n (frm) → audacia, temerarietà f inv
References in classic literature ?
Pontellier entered, wondering who had the temerity to disturb him at that hour of the morning.
The boys deserted their sports, and walking fearlessly among their fathers, looked up in curious admiration, as they heard the brief exclamations of wonder they so freely expressed the temerity of their hated foe.
Let the traitor pay with his life for the temerity of his wanton wishes, and let the world know (if haply it shall ever come to know) that Camilla not only preserved her allegiance to her husband, but avenged him of the man who dared to wrong him.
These are questions that temerity alone will answer in the affirmative.
Do you know what your unprecedented temerity would have cost you had you failed to kill either of the two chieftains whose metal you now wear?
Hither and thither he charged striking down the few who had the temerity to stand against him, and it was evident that unless a chance spear thrust brought him down he would rout the entire village and regain his prize.
I shall have the temerity to ask for more than her forgiveness,' said the Squire.
I began to think that the Captain's temerity justified Ned Land's fears.
It all lay in the surface of practical anatomy years ago, but no one had the temerity to touch it.
I looked up again at the crouching white shape, and the full temerity of my voyage came suddenly upon me.
He paused, ready to pounce upon any man who might have the temerity to reply.
In short, so operative were the terrors that surrounded them, that of twenty-four young men, who deserted from a transport, twenty-two were glad to return of themselves, the others being shot by sentinels; and one of their friends, who was supposed to have been accessory to their escape, was carried on shore to behold the destruction of his house and effects, which were burned in his presence, as a punishment for his temerity and perfidious aid to his comrades.