Monday, July 11, 2005

Word of the Day for Monday July 11, 2005

temerarious \tem-uh-RAIR-ee-uhs\, adjective:
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?"
[1]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, [2]The New Machiavelli

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

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