Definition of temerity in English:

temerity

noun

  • [mass noun] Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.

    ‘no one had the temerity to question his conclusions’
    • ‘When I had the temerity to refer to this survey in a newspaper column, the wrath of a very substantial and vocal lobby came down upon my head.’
    • ‘Don't you think it'll have something to do with your act, I venture, receiving an affronted look for my temerity.’
    • ‘The bold realist whose candor, even temerity, was legendary turned out to have been hiding a secret.’
    • ‘And if you have the temerity to do so your reputation will be shattered and your dignity will be shredded.’
    • ‘Above all, she has a breathtaking fearlessness, and the talent to back up her temerity.’
    • ‘It takes time and temerity to get beneath the surface of them all.’
    • ‘Now nearly two decades older, I am not yet entirely depleted of breezy temerity.’
    • ‘Many at the environmental assessment meetings at least had the temerity to question the spending priorities of our governments.’
    • ‘And then she had the temerity to sit there in a press conference and argue between herself and yourself.’
    • ‘We just want to make great music, put it out and have the temerity to think that there are enough people out there who are like-minded and have as high standards as we do.’
    • ‘You have the temerity to blame the free market for unemployment?’
    • ‘The astonishment at Exeter's temerity to claim the lead had barely subsided when the Grecians doubled their advantage.’
    • ‘But he didn't acknowledge me at all until I had the temerity to speak, and ask a question.’
    • ‘Officers could be just as bad as the men, knocking hats off cab drivers and horse-whipping officials who had the temerity to make any demands of them.’
    • ‘They even had the temerity to ask how much I earn, which I always thought was a secret between me and the Receiver of Income.’
    • ‘You do not need a great deal of temerity to suggest that in the circumstances.’
    • ‘She was very touchy when one brave soul had the temerity to suggest that she had made more than the usual number of unforced errors in her opening match.’
    • ‘And this Minister has the audacity and temerity to try to say that that is listening to the people.’
    • ‘It is his temerity in assuming that love is universally a good thing and a cause for celebration that has doomed him.’
    • ‘Would you believe that Maud has the temerity to lie about her birthday?’
    audacity, boldness, audaciousness, nerve, effrontery, impudence, impertinence, cheek, barefaced cheek, gall, presumption, presumptuousness, brazenness, forwardness, front, rashness
    daring
    face, neck, brass neck, brass
    chutzpah
    hide
    crust
    procacity, assumption
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin temeritas, from temere rashly.

Pronunciation:

temerity

/tɪˈmɛrɪti/