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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
Thankfully, the late Academy Award-winning filmmaker also had the talent, temerity and tenacity to succeed at what had to be the one of the most daunting tasks of his lengthy and storied career.
Last fall, Cole had the temerity to be among the three LA Galaxy players who missed their penalty kick during an MLS playoff shootout in Colorado.
One need only see the reaction in Lebanon to temerity of Israeli actress Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman.
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There were those with the temerity to vigorously disagree with me.
A little more than a week after Trump toyed with Rosenstein, the President did not have the political power, or temerity, to try to impose himself on the Justice Department official again.
Then came news Wednesday that in the days before his firing, Comey had the temerity to ask for more resources to aid the Russian probe.
Nor did the university appreciate faculty members who had the temerity to ask why a top academic institution tolerated decades of terrible education for its athletes.
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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
Middle English temeryte, from Latin temeritas, from temere blindly, recklessly; akin to Old High German demar darkness, Latin tenebrae, Sanskrit tamas
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of temerity
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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