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temerity

[ tuh-mer-i-tee ]
/ təˈmɛr ɪ ti /
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noun
reckless boldness; rashness.
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Origin of temerity

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English temeryte, from Latin temeritās “hap, chance, rashness,” equivalent to temer(e) “by chance, rashly” + -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for temerity

temerity
/ (tɪˈmɛrɪtɪ) /

noun
rashness or boldness

Derived forms of temerity

temerarious (ˌtɛməˈrɛərɪəs), adjective

Word Origin for temerity

C15: from Latin temeritās accident, from temere at random
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