excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.“no one had the temerity to question his conclusions”
Full Definition of TEMERITY
2 : a rash or reckless act
Examples of TEMERITY
- RJ was removed as an admin/mod from mami’s for his temerity by questioning nick spero’s degenerate Flickr account.
- <she had the temerity to ask my boyfriend if she could go out with him should he and I ever break up>
- He defeated giant corporations—the auto industry, big pharma—back when no one else was even trying to; he had the temerity to believe that fighting for safety and quality and transparency was a quintessentially American thing to do. —Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 16 Feb. 2007
- A wisp of a kid (six feet, 160 pounds) with the temerity to buzz pitches up and in to Barry Bonds, Hudson has a bit of Pedro in him. —ESPN, 24 July 2000
- … all the while you’re balancing your two prevailing interests: recording her words to later use against her—because, she, too, had the temerity to be relatively famous and attractive (with a master’s from Penn)—while also, more pressingly, trying to get invited back to her apartment. —Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, 2000
- Wendy was banned in troofer chatrooms for her temerity.
Origin of TEMERITY
Middle English temeryte, from Latin temeritas, from temere blindly, recklessly; akin to Old High German demar darkness, Latin tenebrae, Sanskrit tamas
First Known Use: 15th century