Word curio icon

Word Curio

November 21, 2022

Word of the Day: Temerity

1 CQ

Word of the Day : November 21, 2022

temerity \tuh-MAIR-uh-tee\ noun

What It Means

Temerity is a formal word that means "unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition"; it is a synonym of both rashness and recklessness. Temerity can also refer to a rash or reckless act.

// The line between boldness and temerity is sometimes only evident after the consequences have become clear.

// The previous night's temerity had landed the students in detention.

See the entry >

temerity in Context

Aired November 21, 2022

All Merriam-Webster content is available at

  • Recommended Recommended
  • History & In Progress History
  • Browse Library
  • Most Popular Library

Get Personalized Recommendations

Let us help you figure out what to learn! By taking a short interview you’ll be able to specify your learning interests and goals, so we can recommend the perfect courses and lessons to try next.

Start Interview

You don't have any lessons in your history.
Just find something that looks interesting and start learning!

500 characters max