Definition of temerity in US English:

temerity

noun

  • Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.

    ‘no one had the temerity to question his conclusions’
    • ‘Above all, she has a breathtaking fearlessness, and the talent to back up her temerity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now nearly two decades older, I am not yet entirely depleted of breezy temerity.’
    • ‘Would you believe that Maud has the temerity to lie about her birthday?’
    • ‘And if you have the temerity to do so your reputation will be shattered and your dignity will be shredded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It takes time and temerity to get beneath the surface of them all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have the temerity to blame the free market for unemployment?’
    • ‘The bold realist whose candor, even temerity, was legendary turned out to have been hiding a secret.’
    • ‘Many at the environmental assessment meetings at least had the temerity to question the spending priorities of our governments.’
    • ‘Don't you think it'll have something to do with your act, I venture, receiving an affronted look for my temerity.’
    • ‘You do not need a great deal of temerity to suggest that in the circumstances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The astonishment at Exeter's temerity to claim the lead had barely subsided when the Grecians doubled their advantage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he didn't acknowledge me at all until I had the temerity to speak, and ask a question.’
    audacity, boldness, audaciousness, nerve, effrontery, impudence, impertinence, cheek, barefaced cheek, gall, presumption, presumptuousness, brazenness, forwardness, front, rashness
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

temerity

/təˈmɛrədi//təˈmerədē/