from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
- n. An act or case of reckless boldness.
- n. Effrontery; impudence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Unreasonable contempt of danger; extreme venturesomeness; rashness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Extreme venturesomeness; rashness; recklessness.
- n. Synonyms Rashness, Temerity (see rashness); venturesomeness, presumption, foolhardiness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fearless daring
They were, naturally, delighted at everything they saw, and admired her model greatly: but were, nevertheless, loud in their expressions of wonder at what they termed our temerity in venturing on so long a voyage in such a mere boat.
She even persists in these things, and is honestly horrified at what she calls the temerity of going without them.
Lee had two surgeons in his corps, Irvine and Skinner; Irvine was apt to expose himself to danger, but Skinner, although he had on one occasion killed his adversary in a duel, was a coward; and the method he now took to punish Irvine for what he called his temerity, was not to dress his wounds until the last.
In a written statement, Doğan condemned what he described as the temerity of some members of the ruling party in resorting to threats and untruths to silence the media.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to kill them, of course, but all the outrage at their temerity is just an indulgence.
Only Germans would be enraged by the temerity of it, or would call it temerity.
General Pierce was as distinguished for what we must term his temerity in personal exposure, as for the higher traits of leadership, wherever there was an opportunity for their display.
In this band of gallant men, it is not too much to say, General Pierce was as distinguished for what we must term his temerity in personal exposure, as for the higher traits of leadership, wherever there was an opportunity for their display.
Wonder at his temerity was the impression made by the news, but wonder unmixed with apprehension.
Later his own lawyer Wim Trengove defended him with by saying that firing him would be "an unforgivable injustice to a good man" who had had the "temerity" to pursue the prosecution of National Police