[tem-uh-rair-ee-uh s]


reckless; rash.

Origin of temerarious

1525–35; < Latin temerārius, equivalent to temer(e) blindly, heedlessly + -ārius -ary
Related formstem·er·ar·i·ous·ly, adverbtem·er·ar·i·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for temerarious

Historical Examples of temerarious

  • "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.

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