Definition of temerity in English:

temerity

Line breaks: tem|er¦ity
Pronunciation: /tɪˈmɛrɪti
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity: no one had the temerity to question his conclusions
More example sentences
  • And this Minister has the audacity and temerity to try to say that that is listening to the people.
  • The astonishment at Exeter's temerity to claim the lead had barely subsided when the Grecians doubled their advantage.
  • Don't you think it'll have something to do with your act, I venture, receiving an affronted look for my temerity.
Synonyms
audacity, boldness, audaciousness, nerve, effrontery, impudence, impertinence, cheek, barefaced cheek, gall, presumption, presumptuousness, brazenness, forwardness, front, rashness; daring
informal face, neck, brass neck, brass
North American informal chutzpah
informal , dated hide
British informal , dated crust
rare procacity, assumption

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin temeritas, from temere 'rashly'.

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