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Definition boldness — typically to say something others consider rude or upsetting
  • She had the temerity to oppose the popular proposal.
temerity = confidence or courage
  • 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
  • temerity = confidence or courage
  • 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
  • temerity = confidence or courage
  • 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
  • Terror seized me, a horror of my temerity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • His impassive temerity astounds me.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Whether they watched this parade with pride, temerity, or shame, nobody came forward to interrupt it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Cumulus even had the temerity to wave Root's sarcasm aside.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He paused, ready to pounce upon any man who might have the temerity to reply.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • 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
  • His temerity, his effrontery, his American facking New York nerve.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • 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
  • 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
  • You should not boast to a better swordsman, else he may decide to punish your temerity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 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
  • Baseek was surprised by the other's temerity and swiftness of attack.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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