One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
reckless, rash, incautious, heedless, unheeding, hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitous, impetuous, impulsive, daredevil, hot-headedView synonyms
- ‘You're quite right, Jedburgh, I cannot pretend to understand your motives in embarking on such a… temerarious endeavour,’ I snapped, folding my arms crossly.’
- ‘What you did tonight was half-witted and temerarious.’
- ‘It could do nobody any harm - indeed I thought it a marvellous moral performance, as it punished the culprits and rewarded the virtuous of my dramatis personæ - but it was a temerarious undertaking, as descriptive of manners and situations of which I knew little but by hearsay.’
- ‘I have confessed myself a temerarious theologian, and in that passage from boyhood to manhood I ranged widely in my search for some permanently satisfying Truth.’
- ‘Whether, the attraction of a sexual stimulant was also present as an enticement for the occasional human temerarious, as the modern tradition suggests, remains an open question.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin temerarius (from temere ‘rashly’) + -ous.
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