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From Middle English temerite, temeryte, from Old French temerité, from Latin temeritās (chance, accident, rashness),[1][2] from temerē (by chance, casually, rashly). By surface analysis, temer(arious) +‎ -ity



temerity (countable and uncountable, plural temerities)

  1. (uncountable) Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
    Synonyms: audacity, foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
  2. (countable) An act or case of reckless boldness.
    • 1910 Sept, Edith Wharton, “The Blond Beast”, in Scribner's Magazine, volume 48:
      Draper, dear lad, had the illusion of an "intellectual sympathy" between them.... Draper's temerities would always be of that kind.
  3. (uncountable) Effrontery; impudence.
    Synonyms: brashness, cheek, gall, chutzpah
    • 1820, James Fennimore Cooper, chapter 30, in Precaution:
      He had very nearly been guilty of the temerity of arrogating to himself another title in the presence of those he most respected.
    • 1975, Woody Allen, Love and Death, spoken by Boris (Woody Allen):
      That's jejune? You have the temerity to say that I'm talking to you out of jejunosity? I am one of the most june people in all of the Russias!

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  1. ^ temeritẹ̄, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ temerity, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

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