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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
One interesting twist is liberal anger at Kennedy for having the temerity to retire shortly before his 82nd birthday after three decades on the court.
Literally two people, who don’t even hold public office, have the temerity to be publicly angry at the Trump administration, and somehow that’s enough to merit an Emily Post course in dinner-table conversation from the fartsniffer set.
In case the special counsel had the temerity to press his request, Mr Trump’s lawyers raised a third spectre.
But apparently the best Hollywood can do for legendary actresses who’ve had the temerity to grow older is an inane romantic comedy written at the level of a greeting card.
It must be hoped by the franchise and its fans that Lauer’s stuff does play at this level, because his temerity and temperament certainly do.
The real company had the temerity to rate Tesla Motors dead last in a 2016 survey of dealership networks.
The temerity of Temer Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, put the army in charge of public safety by creating a new security ministry.
Who but a precocious 23-year-old would have the temerity to confront one of the twentieth century’s densest and wildest novels, impenetrable to many readers and seemingly an unfilmable text?
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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.
audaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, chutzpah (also chutzpa), crust, effrontery, face, gall, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness;
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
TEMERITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of temerity for English Language Learners
: the quality of being confident and unafraid of danger or punishment especially in a way that seems rude or foolish
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