Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our Terms: t-e-m-e-r-a-r-i-o-u-s temerarious

temerarious \tem-uh-RAIR-ee-uhs\ , adjective:

1.Recklessly or presumptuously daring; rash.

Becket's slayers insist that the king had indeed authorized or directed murder, an interpretation fortified by Henry's known enmity toward the temerarious priest for protesting the subordination of ecclesiastical to secular authority.
-- Bruce Fein, "Free speech or call to violence?", Washington Times, April 10, 2001

I have confessed myself a temerarious theologian, and in that passage from boyhood to manhood I ranged widely in my search for some permanently satisfying Truth.
-- H. G. Wells, The New Machiavelli

Temerarious comes from Latin temerarius, "rash," from temere, "rashly, heedlessly."

It was temerarious of us to launch water rockets in the street last night.

Ok, now you try it out in the comments section too!

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