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[tem-uh-rair-ee-uh s] /ˌtɛm əˈrɛər i əs/
reckless; rash.
Origin of temerarious
1525-35; < Latin temerārius, equivalent to temer(e) blindly, heedlessly + -ārius -ary
Related forms
temerariously, adverb
temerariousness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "temerarious" came to him as naturally as to Sir Thomas Browne.

  • Does it not suppose, that the former judgement was temerarious or negligent?

  • Only the most temerarious ever ventured to ask a forecast of Mrs. Owen's plans.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • He was suspended from his priestly functions, dressed as a layman, and was temerarious enough to criticise the Syllabus.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • When the guard mounted to his post he was sure he saw a temerarious Yankee in front of him, and hastened to slay him.

  • That may have been temerarious, since building material of perfect quality is required when chances are taken.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Word Origin and History for temerarious

1530s, from Latin temerarius "fortuitous, rash," from temere "blindly, rashly" (see temerity). Related: Temerariously; temerariousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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