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

Definition of temerity in English:


[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.
informal face, neck, brass neck, brass
North American informal chutzpah
informal, , dated hide
British informal, , dated crust
rare procacity, assumption


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

Words that rhyme with temerity

ambidexterity, asperity, austerity, celerity, dexterity, ferrety, posterity, prosperity, severity, sincerity, verity
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