Tuesday, July 09, 2002
Definitions for temerity
- Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.
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Citations for temerity
The elaborate caution with which the British commander now proceeded stands out in striking contrast with the temerity of his advance upon Bunker Hill in the preceding year.
When English merchants had the temerity to set up a trading post or 'factory' -- junior merchants were known as factors -- the Dutchmen defended their monopoly by massacring them.
Origin of temerity
late Middle English
Temerity comes from Latin temeritas, from temere, blindly, rashly.