Temerity vs Temeritous what difference

what is difference between Temerity and Temeritous



temer(arious) +‎ -ity, from Middle English temerite, temeryte, from Old French temerité, from Latin temeritās (chance, accident, rashness), from temerē (by chance, casually, rashly).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɪˈmɛɹəti/, /tɛˈmɛɹəti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /təˈmɛɹəti/
  • Rhymes: -ɛɹəti


temerity (countable and uncountable, plural temerities)

  1. (uncountable) Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
    Synonyms: audacity, foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
    • 1569, Thomas Pearson, trans., “The Second Paradox,” in The booke of Marcus Tullius Cicero entituled Paradoxa Stoicorum, T. Marshe (London),
      Neyther the spightfull temerity and rashnes of variable fortune, nor the envious hart burning and in iurious hatred of mine enemies shold be able once to damnify me.
  2. (countable) An act or case of reckless boldness.
    • 1910, Edith Wharton, “The Blond Beast,” Scribner’s Magazine, vol. 48 (Sept),
      Draper, dear lad, had the illusion of an “intellectual sympathy” between them…. Draper’s temerities would always be of that kind.
  3. (uncountable) Effrontery; impudence.
    Synonyms: brashness, cheek, gall, chutzpah

Related terms

  • intemerate
  • temerarious
  • temerary
  • temerous


Further reading

  • Webster, Noah (1828) , “temerity”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
  • temerity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “temerity” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “temerity” in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
  • “temerity” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “temerity”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)
  • temerity in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • temerity at OneLook Dictionary Search



  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /tɪˈmɛɹ.ə.təs/


temeritous (comparative more temeritous, superlative most temeritous)

  1. Displaying disdain or contempt for danger.


  • (displaying disdain for danger): reckless, audacious

Related terms

  • temerity, temerarious

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