temerity

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Etymology[edit]

temer(arious) +‎ -ity, from Middle English temerite, temeryte, from Old French temerité, from Latin temeritās (chance, accident, rashness), from temerē (by chance, casually, rashly).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɪˈmɛɹ.ə.ti/, /təˈmɛɹ.ə.ti/
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  • (US) IPA(key): [təˈmɛɹ.ə.t̬i]
  • Rhymes: -ɛɹəti

Noun[edit]

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, Edith Wharton, "The Blond Beast," Scribner's Magazine, vol. 48 (Sept),
      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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