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Examples of temerity in a Sentence
- 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
He was punished for his temerity.
she had the temerity to ask my boyfriend if she could go out with him should he and I ever break up
Recent Examples of temerity from the Web
Starting pitcher Charlie Morton then obtained what should have been the two outs to end the inning, but because of Maybin’s temerity, needed one more.
And Chris McDaniel, who blew a primary runoff against Thad Cochran in 2014, is eager to run against Wicker, who had the temerity to suggest that Mississippi might want to consider ending its ancient and evil love affair with the Confederacy.
Not everyone has the temerity to withstand a horror movie.
Instead of blaming their opponents for having the temerity to speak up against them, the Left needs to understand that even Democrats don’t like getting pushed around by their betters.
But Bird, who had ankle surgery this summer, does not run particularly well, and Bregman had the presence of mind and temerity to throw home, without any hesitation, instead of going for a sure out at first or second.
Armchair GMs criticized the perennial doormat that had the temerity to believe this wouldn’t be its only shot.
As far as NBA blockbusters go, Kevin Durant wasn’t shocked by the Kyrie Irving trade or even the fact that the former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar had the temerity to request one earlier this summer.
Gen. James Longstreet, the Confederate commander who had the temerity to support the rights of former slaves after the war, was excised from the pantheon of Southern heroes.
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Did You Know?
When it comes to flagrant boldness, temerity, audacity, hardihood, and effrontery have the cheek to get your meaning across. Of those synonyms, temerity (from the Latin temere, meaning "blindly" or "recklessly") suggests boldness arising from contempt of danger, while audacity implies a disregard of the restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence. Hardihood implies firmness in daring and defiance, and effrontery suggests a shameless disregard of propriety and courtesy. If you're looking for a more informal term for a brash attitude, you might consider nerve, cheek, gall, or chutzpah.
Origin and Etymology of temerity
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsaudaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), crust, face, gall, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness, effrontery
Related Wordsarrogance, assurance, cockiness, confidence, hardihood, overconfidence, sanguinity, self-assurance, self-confidence; discourteousness, disrespect, impertinence, impoliteness, impudence, incivility, inconsiderateness, inconsideration, insolence, rudeness, ungraciousness; back talk, sass; swagger, swash
Near Antonymsbashfulness, diffidence, faintheartedness, hesitancy, modesty, shyness, timidity, timidness, timorousness; civility, courteousness, courtesy, gentility, graciousness, mannerliness, manners
Synonym Discussion of temerity
- had the temerity to refuse
- an entrepreneur with audacity and vision
- admired for her hardihood
- outraged at his effrontery
- the nerve of that guy
- has the cheek to call herself a singer
- had the gall to demand proof
- the chutzpah needed for a career in show business
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