The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for Temerity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Temerity \Te*mer"i*ty\, n. [L. temeritas, from temere by chance,
     rashly; perhaps akin to Skr. tamas darkness: cf. F.
     Unreasonable contempt of danger; extreme venturesomeness;
     rashness; as, the temerity of a commander in war.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Rashness; precipitancy; heedlessness; venturesomeness.
     Usage: Temerity, Rashness. These words are closely allied
            in sense, but have a slight difference in their use
            and application. Temerity is Latin, and rashness is
            Anglo-Saxon. As in many such cases, the Latin term is
            more select and dignified; the Anglo-Saxon more
            familiar and energetic. We show temerity in hasty
            decisions, and the conduct to which they lead. We show
            rashness in particular actions, as dictated by sudden
            impulse. It is an exhibition of temerity to approach
            the verge of a precipice; it is an act of rashness to
            jump into a river without being able to swim.
            Temerity, then, is an unreasonable contempt of danger;
            rashness is a rushing into danger from thoughtlessness
            or excited feeling.
            [1913 Webster]
                  It is notorious temerity to pass sentence upon
                  grounds uncapable of evidence.    --Barrow.
            [1913 Webster]
                  Her rush hand in evil hour
                  Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she
                  eat.                              --Milton.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: fearless daring [syn: audacity, audaciousness,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "temerity":
     assurance, audacity, brashness, brass, brazen boldness, cheek,
     chutzpah, daring, foolhardiness, gall, hardihood, hardiness,
     heedlessness, heroics, hubris, impertinence, impetuosity,
     improvidence, imprudence, impudence, indiscretion, injudiciousness,
     insolence, intrusiveness, nerve, overboldness, overcarelessness,
     overconfidence, oversureness, overweeningness, precipitateness,
     rashness, recklessness, temerariousness, unchariness, unwariness,

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229