from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • adj. Recklessly daring or bold

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unreasonably adventurous; despising danger; rash; headstrong; audacious; reckless; heedless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Heedless or careless of consequences; unreasonably venturous; reckless; headstrong; inconsiderate; rash; careless.

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  • adj. presumptuously daring


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin temerārius, from temere, rashly.

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From Latin temerārius ("that happens by chance, imprudent"), from temerē ("by chance, at random, rashly").


  • 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.

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  • 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".

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  • Père did insist on feeding potato chips to a temerarious chipmunk, over our objections.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This is temerarious of me, but the provocative manner with which you eat your fried chicken lifts my beleaguered heart.

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  • 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.

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  • I pray you do not think it temerarious of me to submit my novel, THE RAVENOUS WEREWOLF, for your perusal.

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  • 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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