- 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.
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
Origin of temerityMiddle English temerite, from Old French, from Latin temeritās, from temere, rashly.
(countable and uncountable, plural temerities)
From Latin temeritās (“chance, accident, rashness”), from (“by chance, casually, rashly”).