A Word A Day : Temerity
Wednesday, 27th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : te-mérre-tee
1. Reckless confidence that might be offensive
2. The state of being foolishly bold or brash
3. The trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger
15th century - Latin - temeritas - rashness - temere - rashly, blindly
brashness, foolhardiness, incautiousness, rashness, recklessness, temerariousness, nerve, audacity, assurance, audacity, boldness, brass, carelessness, daring, effrontery, forwardness, gall, hardihood, hastiness, heedlessness, impertinence, impetuosity, imprudence, impudence, impulsiveness, indiscretion, intrepidity, intrusiveness, overconfidence, pluck, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitation, presumption, rashness, rudeness, thoughtlessness, venturesomeness
is daring or recklessness.
is fearfulness or hesitancy.
means shameless boldness or insulting presumptuousness.
is a deliberately offensive act or open insult.
care, caution, cowardice, forethought, hesitation
• Our waiter at the restaurant had the temerity
to tell me that he thought that my table manners were atrocious.
• The mountain climber had more temerity
than skill or sense.
• I shall have the temerity
to ask for more than her forgiveness,' said the Squire.
• Pontellier entered, wondering who had the temerity
to disturb him at that hour of the morning.
• Facts have long since upstaged fiction and the novelistic imagination now contents itself with documenting incidents it wouldn't have the temerity
• I repeat it, to be matter of profound astonishment and intense wonder, that Nathaniel Pipkin should have had the temerity
to cast his eyes in this direction.
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