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temerity

[tuh-mer-i-tee] /təˈmɛr ɪ ti/
noun
1.
reckless boldness; rashness.
Origin of temerity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English temeryte < Latin temeritās hap, chance, rashness, equivalent to temer(e) by chance, rashly + -itās -ity
Synonyms
audacity, effrontery, foolhardiness.
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temerity

/tɪˈmɛrɪtɪ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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