• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Temeration Temerity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n temeration Contamination; profanation; pollution.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. temerare, to defile


In literature:

Under the circumstances neither Barbara nor Nona had the temerity to follow them.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
No Englishman has ever had the temerity to insult us with an allusion to his dirty 'natives.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
They will hold to a glib falsehood with a temerity that nothing can shake.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
But my father never scoffed at my temerity.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
He took small credit to himself for any temerity he had shown.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
He longed to look through the iron-bound door, to see for himself Marcus paying the price for his temerity.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Poor old Sandy Ellis suffered death for his temerity.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Such temerity took her breath.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
I have not the temerity to attempt a history of the Valley in the brief compass of this address.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
It was dreadful temerity on Rose's part.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson

In poetry:

Take heed, lest thou thyself shou'dst e'er draw near
To that blest board, without a pious fear :
Reflect what aweful viands on it lie;
Lest thou for thy temerity shou'dst die.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

You've no doubt heard about Raul Ibanez's war with a previously obscure blogger who recently had the temerity to suggest that maybe, just maybe Ibanez's big numbers this season might have benefited from a bit of illicit drug use.
So excuse my temerity as we discuss a brazen report recently issued by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) entitled.
Temerity at the Top.
No one had the temerity to question the Queen's decision.
Temerity Lion Heart Tale of the Cat.
The lockup of Saddam has unchained Joe, who is now whacking away furiously at Howard Dean, Wesley Clark and Democrats with the temerity to have opposed the war.
I see where Wendy Sawyer of the county Democratic committee has the temerity to suggest that, because her party maintains its hegemony in.
They haven't won (much less fought in) anything remotely resembling a classic ship-on-ship engagement in nearly 70 years, which I just had the temerity to point out.