(not countable) Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
* 1569 , Thomas Pearson, trans., "The Second Paradox," in The booke of Marcus Tullius Cicero entituled Paradoxa Stoicorum , T. Marshe (London),
* 1837 , , The Pickwick Papers , ch. 17,
- 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.
* 1886 , , The Mayor of Casterbridge , ch. 21
- One day when he knew old Lobbs was out, Nathaniel Pipkin had the temerity to kiss his hand to Maria Lobbs.
* 1913 , , The Return of Tarzan , ch. 21,
- Elizabeth trotted through the open door in the dusk, but becoming alarmed at her own temerity , she went quickly out again by another which stood open in the lofty wall of the back court.
(countable) An act or case of reckless boldness.
* 1910 , , "The Blond Beast," Scribner's Magazine , vol. 48 (Sept),
- I am surprised that you, sir, a man of letters yourself, should have the temerity so to interrupt the progress of science.
(not countable) Effrontery; impudence.
* 1820 , , Precaution , ch. 30,
- Draper, dear lad, had the illusion of an "intellectual sympathy" between them.... Draper's temerities would always be of that kind.
- He had very nearly been guilty of the temerity of arrogating to himself another title in the presence of those he most respected.
* (reckless boldness): audacity, foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
* (effrontery): brashness, cheek, gall, chutzpah
temerity" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
temerity" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
* Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989)
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)
The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
(countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
(countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
(countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
* cellular determination