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 ?
I will prevent it," said the gentleman; and going over to Don Quixote, who was insisting upon the keeper's opening the cages, he said to him, "Sir knight, knights-errant should attempt adventures which encourage the hope of a successful issue, not those which entirely withhold it; for valour that trenches upon temerity savours rather of madness than of courage; moreover, these lions do not come to oppose you, nor do they dream of such a thing; they are going as presents to his Majesty, and it will not be right to stop them or delay their journey.
I shall have the temerity to ask for more than her forgiveness,' said the Squire.
I repeat it, to be matter of profound astonishment and intense wonder, that Nathaniel Pipkin should have had the temerity to cast his eyes in this direction.
Pontellier entered, wondering who had the temerity to disturb him at that hour of the morning.
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.
He pronounced Loretto a madman for his temerity, but bade him depart in peace.
Cursing his temerity, his heart sinking at the thought of finding himself at any moment face to face with the Emperor and being put to shame and arrested in his presence, fully alive now to the impropriety of his conduct and repenting of it, Rostov, with downcast eyes, was making his way out of the house through the brilliant suite when a familiar voice called him and a hand detained him.
A rush was made to the shore, followed by a discharge of fifty arrows and a few fusees, and, on the part of several braves, there was a plain manifestation of a desire to plunge into the water, in order to punish the temerity of their insolent foe.
These are questions that temerity alone will answer in the affirmative.
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.
The rifle hanging upon the wall caught his first attention; it was for this strange, death-dealing thunder-stick that he had yearned for months; but now that it was within his grasp he scarcely had the temerity to seize it.