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[tuh-mer-i-tee] /təˈmɛr ɪ ti/
reckless boldness; rashness.
Origin of temerity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English temeryte < Latin temeritās hap, chance, rashness, equivalent to temer(e) by chance, rashly + -itās -ity
audacity, effrontery, foolhardiness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for temerity
  • Maybe it's high time someone had the temerity to call this sacred cow a nightmare.
  • The gist: some restaurants had the temerity to serve halal without telling customers.
  • Then they congratulate themselves on their temerity.
  • With careers having become so much more precarious, the temerity of originality is all the more impressive.
  • But because he has the temerity to ask for the raw data, he's dismissed as a bozo and a tool of industry.
  • He might have remained one indefinitely, had he not had the temerity to challenge fate.
  • They even have the temerity, finally, to knock on his apartment door.
  • We had the temerity to laugh at the hippies, shamefully backdated by half a decade.
  • The temerity of anyone to propose something that so profoundly affects us without notifying us is appalling.
  • Not one of his physicians, not one of his advisers who la admitted to the inner councils, has the temerity to go so far as that.
British Dictionary definitions for temerity


rashness or boldness
Derived Forms
temerarious (ˌtɛməˈrɛərɪəs) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin temeritās accident, from temere at random
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Word Origin and History for temerity

early 15c., from Middle French témérité (15c.), from Latin temeritatem (nominative temeritas) "blind chance, accident, rashness," from temere "by chance, blindly, casually, rashly," related to tenebrae "darkness," from PIE root *temes- "dark" (cf. Sanskrit tamas- "darkness," tamsrah "dark;" Avestan temah "darkness;" Lithuanian tamsa "darkness," tamsus "dark;" Old Church Slavonic tima "darkness;" Old High German dinstar "dark;" Old Irish temel "darkness").

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