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She had the temerity to oppose the popular proposal.
  confidence or courage — especially when disregarding societal norms
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  • She had the temerity to oppose the popular proposal.
  • The town had a basketful of feelings good and bad about Joe’s positions and possessions, but none had the temerity to challenge him.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Big God howled like a hot wind... Then Small God (cozy and contained, private and limited) came away cauterized, laughing numbly at his own temerity.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Having achieved my object — that of forcing at least one of the wolves to take cognizance of my existence — I now began to wonder if, in my ignorance, I had transgressed some unknown wolf law of major importance and would have to pay for my temerity.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Miss Crocker echoed, appalled by such temerity.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The temerity of the woman kens nae bounds.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Whether they watched this parade with pride, temerity, or shame, nobody came forward to interrupt it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • No one even knew Major — de Coverley’s first name, because no one had ever had the temerity to ask him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Terror seized me, a horror of my temerity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He paused, ready to pounce upon any man who might have the temerity to reply.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • His impassive temerity astounds me.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You should not boast to a better swordsman, else he may decide to punish your temerity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Cumulus even had the temerity to wave Root’s sarcasm aside.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Baseek was surprised by the other’s temerity and swiftness of attack.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: ’Please, sir, I want some more.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • No one would ever have the temerity to think of Gerald O’Hara as a ridiculous little figure.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’I looked up again at the crouching white shape, and the full temerity of my voyage came suddenly upon me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The boys deserted their sports, and walking fearlessly among their fathers, looked up in curious admiration, as they heard the brief exclamations of wonder they so freely expressed the temerity of their hated foe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He stared up disapprovingly over his eye-glasses as Mr. Pontellier entered, wondering who had the temerity to disturb him at that hour of the morning.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I am well aware of the temerity of any such attempt and of the prime debt which I owe to the scholars who have made the translations out of cuneiform.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Let the traitor pay with his life for the temerity of his wanton wishes, and let the world know (if haply it shall ever come to know) that Camilla not only preserved her allegiance to her husband, but avenged him of the man who dared to wrong him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Cursing his temerity, his heart sinking at the thought of finding himself at any moment face to face with the Emperor and being put to shame and arrested in his presence, fully alive now to the impropriety of his conduct and repenting of it, Rostov, with downcast eyes, was making his way out of the house through the brilliant suite when a familiar voice called him and a hand detained him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Beating against the strings that had been put in without order or concert and had been tuned with temerity, the hammers let go.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • It all lay in the surface of practical anatomy years ago, but no one had the temerity to touch it.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Delante, known to all as "Head" because he helps run one of the school’s largest gangs, the Trenton Park Crew, is short and stocky, with caramel-light skin, hazel eyes, and the temerity of a killer.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • How could Sue have had the temerity to ask him to do it—a cruelty possibly to herself as well as to him?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Florentino Ariza, on the other hand, faced the insidious snares of old age with savage temerity, even though he knew that his peculiar fate had been to look like an old man from the time he was a boy.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • 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.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • An Elizabeth in brain and a Mary Stuart in spirit, she often performed actions of the greatest temerity with a manner of extreme discretion.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He had seen much service, been in various engagements, always acquitting himself as an officer mindful of the welfare of his men, but never tolerating an infraction of discipline; thoroughly versed in the science of his profession, and intrepid to the verge of temerity, though never injudiciously so.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He named Clytie as he named them all, the one before Clytie and Henry and Judith even, with that same robust and sardonic temerity, naming with his own mouth his own ironic fecundity of dragon’s teeth which with the two exceptions were girls.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • And when I have the temerity to ask why Eragon-the man whose very existence is the reason I have staked my country in this venture-when I have the temerity to askwhy this all-important person has elected to endanger the lives of Surdans and those of every creature who opposes Galbatorix by tarrying in the midst of our enemies, how is it you respond?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • It involved much more than just submitting some documents that he could probably prepare in a few days’ leave, although it would have been great temerity to ask for time off from the bank just at that time, it was a whole trial and there was no way of seeing how long it might last.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Charleston had the democratic good will to look down on all of its suburbs, but it reserved a very special contempt for the industrial city of North Charleston, which not only had the temerity to be extraordinarily common and depressing but had also borrowed the sacred name.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • This decided feat was no sooner accomplished than the woman resumed her sway; Judith looked over the stern to ascertain what had become of the man, and the expression of her eyes softened to concern, next, her cheek crimsoned between shame and surprise at her own temerity, and then she laughed in her own merry and sweet manner.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • At such times my audacity and temerity know no bounds.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • His temerity, his effrontery, his American facking New York nerve.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Elva had not had the temerity to laugh then, but she remained obdurate in her refusal.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • These are questions that temerity alone will answer in the affirmative.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • No doubt he has disturbed some terrible monster in his watery home, and perhaps we may pay dearly for our temerity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • I reveal infiltrators in your midst and save you from mortal peril and yet some still retain the temerity to doubt.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Gradually her confidence overcame his backwardness, and he had the temerity to stroke her golden curls with a great hand.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The Americans, who make a virtue of commercial temerity, have no right in any case to brand with disgrace those who practise it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He had even had the temerity to object to her sending to Dome for a master-at-arms, on the grounds that it might offend the Tyrells.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Fortune, however, favours the brave; and this adventurer, who took three grains of quinine a day, had at the end of a month no cause to deplore his temerity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Ishmael waved his hand with authority, as he ended, and turned away with the air of one who felt assured, that those he had addressed would not have the temerity to dispute his commands.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • She waited till the hand of the watch had passed the third minute, in growing indignation that he should have the temerity to remain idle when he should know by now her rule that no one should exceed the allowed one-minute pause.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • More than once, before the shore was reached, Mabel repented of her temerity, but Pathfinder encouraged her, and really manifested so much self-possession, coolness, and strength of arm himself, that even a female might have hesitated about owning all her apprehensions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • It would seem from the foregoing exclamation that this uncompromising relative of the lamented Mr F., measuring time by the acuteness of her sensations and not by the clock, supposed Clennam to have lately gone away; whereas at least a quarter of a year had elapsed since he had had the temerity to present himself before her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Fortune, however, favours the brave; and this adventurer, who took three grains of quinine a day, had at the end of a month no cause to deplore his temerity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
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