Origin of temerityMiddle 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
An example of temerity is when you question your boss about a decision he was clearly proud of having made.
Origin of temerityMiddle English temerite from Old French from Latin temeritās from temere rashly
(countable and uncountable, plural temerities)
From Latin temeritÄs (“chance, accident, rashness"), from (“by chance, casually, rashly").
- He now bitterly regretted his temerity in braving the danger.
- It needs some temerity to differ from so great an authority as Dr Guest, but it strikes one as surprising that, having accepted the fact of a bridge made by the Britons, he should deny that these Britons possessed a town or village in the place to which he supposes that Aulus Plautius retired.
- 10) - without "insolent temerity," since such rejection would be contrary to the common agreement of the Church.
- Founded on faulty experiments and reasoning, the views he expressed were either ignored or ridiculed; and it was long before he bitterly regretted the temerity with which he had published his hasty generalizations.
- Danton, no doubt, was abler than most of the others, yet the timidity or temerity with which he allowed himself to be vanquished by Robespierre showed that even he was not a man of commanding quality.