Word of the DayWednesday, February 13, 2002
\tem-uh-RAIR-ee-uhs\ , adjective;
Recklessly or presumptuously daring; rash.
Becket's slayers insist that the king had indeed authorized or directed murder, an interpretation fortified by Henry's known enmity toward the temerarious priest for protesting the subordination of ecclesiastical to secular authority.
-- Bruce Fein, "Free speech or call to violence?", Washington Times, April 10, 2001
I have confessed myself a temerarious theologian, and in that passage from boyhood to manhood I ranged widely in my search for some permanently satisfying Truth.
-- H. G. Wells, The New Machiavelli
Temerarious comes from Latin temerarius, "rash," from temere, "rashly, heedlessly."
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