American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Presumptuously or recklessly daring: "I would never have been temerarious enough to make use of such a title on my own” ( Brendan Gill). See Synonyms at reckless.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Heedless or careless of consequences; unreasonably venturous; reckless; headstrong; inconsiderate; rash; careless.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Unreasonably adventurous; despising danger; rash; headstrong; audacious; reckless; heedless.
- adj. presumptuously daring
- From Latin temerārius ("that happens by chance, imprudent"), from temerē ("by chance, at random, rashly"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin temerārius, from temere, rashly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was a "temerarious" task to attempt to revive the types which, from the days of Harrison's _Essayists_, had occupied so many of the earlier illustrators.”
“IV, vi) before his elevation to the pontificate did hold the opinion, which later theologians branded as "temerarious", that Christ consecrated without words by means of the mere "benediction".”
“Père did insist on feeding potato chips to a temerarious chipmunk, over our objections.”
“His only hope is to use the idiosyncratic patterns of the werewolves to his own advantage, employing a temerarious plan that will end with hungry teeth at his throat … or a silver bullet in the heart of the Fuhrer.”
“It's hard to believe how temerarious he can be, but he approached the beleaguered wunderkind and made the provocative suggestion that he buy his idiosyncratic widget-maker at an exorbitant rate.”
“My boss, nefarious nazi that he was, seemed to take it easier on his poor beleaguered employees if we dressed in the latest temerarious fashions.”
“This is temerarious of me, but the provocative manner with which you eat your fried chicken lifts my beleaguered heart.”
“I am a beleagured writer who is sick of temerarious editors that don't even bother to read my provacative (and a little idiosyncratic) first novel, Willy Wunderkind, a horror/romance for children.”
“I pray you do not think it temerarious of me to submit my novel, THE RAVENOUS WEREWOLF, for your perusal.”
“While the idiosyncratic werewolf ordered kung pao, Johnny Contrary the provocative wunderkind exclaimed under his breath -- "... the nefarious Dr. Profligate is a temerarious fool if he thinks his legions will march unopposed into the beleaguered capital city!”
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I'm wading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels one by one, and someday, I'll wade through them again and list all the words I learned while reading them.
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