November 20, 2011
- temerity (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : the quality or state of being recklessly or foolishly bold
- How do you use it?
- After only three tennis lessons, Sage had the temerity to challenge the team's captain to a match.
- Are you a word wiz?
There's more than one way to be bold. See if you can find a synonym of "temerity" below."Temerity," "audacity," "effrontery," "nerve," and "gall" are all terms that refer to striking or shocking boldness. "Temerity" suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger, as in "He had the temerity to refuse all help." "Audacity" implies a bold lack of restraint, as in "She had the audacity to insult the hostess in front of the guests." "Effrontery" implies a shameless disregard for propriety or courtesy, as in "They were outraged at his effrontery." "Nerve" suggests an assured, cool boldness which may overstep bounds, as in "I could not believe the nerve of him to say such a thing." "Gall" suggests a brazen boldness likely to irritate or enrage, as in "She had the gall to question my decision."