temerity

  • 1 Temerity — Te*mer i*ty, n. [L. temeritas, from temere by chance, rashly; perhaps akin to Skr. tamas darkness: cf. F. t[ e]m[ e]rit[ e].] Unreasonable contempt of danger; extreme venturesomeness; rashness; as, the temerity of a commander in war. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 temerity — temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall are comparable when they mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness (as in speech, behavior, or action). Temerity usually implies contempt of danger and consequent rashness; often it… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 temerity — [tə mer′ə tē] n. [ME temeryte < L temeritas < temere, rashly, blindly < IE base * tem , dark > OS thimm, dark, L tenebrae, darkness] foolish or rash boldness; foolhardiness; recklessness SYN. TEMERITY refers to a rashness or foolish… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 temerity — I noun audacity, boldness, carelessness, daring, effrontery, fool hardiness, foolishness, gall, hastiness, heedlessness, impetuosity, improvidence, imprudence, impudence, incautiousness, inconsiderateness, indiscretion, injudiciousness, nerve,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 temerity — early 15c., from M.Fr. témérité (15c.), from L. temeritatem (nom. temeritas) blind chance, accident, rashness, from temere by chance, blindly, casually, rashly, related to tenebrae darkness, from PIE root *temes dark (Cf. Skt. tamas darkness,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 temerity — [n] nerve, audacity assurance, boldness, brass*, carelessness, daring, effrontery, foolhardiness, forwardness, gall, hardihood, hastiness, heedlessness, impertinence, impetuosity, imprudence, impudence, impulsiveness, indiscretion, intrepidity,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 temerity — ► NOUN ▪ excessive confidence or boldness. ORIGIN Latin temeritas, from temere rashly …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 temerity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English temeryte, from Latin temeritas, from temere blindly, recklessly; akin to Old High German demar darkness, Latin tenebrae, Sanskrit tamas Date: 15th century 1. unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 temerity — n. the temerity to + inf. (he had the temerity to file a grievance) * * * [tɪ merɪtɪ] the temerity to + inf. (he had the temerity to file a grievance) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 temerity — noun I doubt they ll have the temerity to print these accusations Syn: audacity, nerve, effrontery, impudence, impertinence, cheek, gall, presumption; daring; informal face, front, neck, chutzpah •• temerity, audacity, effrontery, foolhardiness,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 temerity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. rashness, boldness, audacity, recklessness, daring, nerve, gall, brass (sl.), cheek (sl.). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. audacity, effrontery, boldness, hardihood, rashness, presumption, overconfidence,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 temerity — [[t]tɪme̱rɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu N to inf (disapproval) If you say that a person has the temerity to do something, you are annoyed about something they have done which you think showed a lack of respect. He has even had the temerity to invoke… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 temerity — noun /tɪˈmɛrəti,tɛˈmɛrəti,təˈmɛrəti/ a) Reckless boldness; foolish bravery. Neyther the spightfull temerity and rashnes of variable fortune, nor the envious hart burning and in iurious hatred of mine enemies shold be able once to damnify me. b)… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 temerity — noun (U) formal unreasonable confidence that is likely to offend someone: have the temerity to do sth: I was amazed that you had the temerity to ask the question …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 temerity — te|mer|i|ty [tıˈmerıti] n [U] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: temeritas, from temere in the dark, too quickly and carelessly ] when someone says or does something in a way that shows a lack of respect for other people and is likely to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 temerity — te|mer|i|ty [ tə merəti ] noun uncount FORMAL the confidence to do or say something, especially when this seems rude or surprising: NERVE: She wondered how she d had the temerity to stand up to him that morning …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 temerity — [15] Someone who behaves with temerity is etymologically acting in the ‘dark’. temper 500 The word was adapted from Latin temeritās ‘rashness’, a derivative of temere ‘blindly’, hence ‘rashly’. This in turn was formed from an unrecorded *temus… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 temerity — UK [təˈmerətɪ] / US noun [uncountable] formal the confidence to do or say something, especially when this seems rude or surprising She wondered how she d had the temerity to stand up to him that morning …

    English dictionary

  • 19 temerity — /təˈmɛrəti / (say tuh meruhtee) noun reckless boldness; rashness: *The premier attacks everybody who has the temerity to question the way this state is being bullied into submission. –aap news, 2000. {late Middle English temeryte, from Latin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 temerity — [15] Someone who behaves with temerity is etymologically acting in the ‘dark’. The word was adapted from Latin temeritās ‘rashness’, a derivative of temere ‘blindly’, hence ‘rashly’. This in turn was formed from an unrecorded *temus ‘darkness’, a …

    Word origins