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Friday, April 14, 2000

Definitions for temerity

  1. Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.

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Citations for temerity
The elaborate caution with which the British commander now proceeded stands out in striking contrast with the temerity of his advance upon Bunker Hill in the preceding year. John Fiske, The Atlantic
When English merchants had the temerity to set up a trading post or 'factory' -- junior merchants were known as factors -- the Dutchmen defended their monopoly by massacring them. Anthony Read and David Fisher, The Proudest Day
Origin of temerity
late Middle English
1400-1450
Temerity comes from Latin temeritas, from temere, blindly, rashly.
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