- Temerity is being so confident or bold that it may come across as foolish or reckless.
An example of temerity is when you question your boss about a decision he was clearly proud of having made.
temerity definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English temeryte ; from Classical Latin temeritas ; from temere, rashly, blindly ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tem-, dark from source Old Saxon thimm, dark, Classical Latin tenebrae, darkness
temerity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English temerite, from Old French, from Latin temeritās, from temere, rashly.