- (context, not countable) reckless, Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
- 1569, Thomas Pearson, trans., "The Second Paradox," in The booke of Marcus Tullius Cicero entituled Paradoxa Stoicorum, T. Marshe (London),
- :Neyther the spightfull and rashnes of variable fortune, nor the envious hart burning and in iurious hatred of mine enemies shold be able once to damnify me.
- 1837, w:Charles_Dickens, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 17,
- :One day when he knew old Lobbs was out, Nathaniel Pipkin had the to kiss his hand to Maria Lobbs.
- 1913, w:Edgar_Rice_Burroughs, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Return of Tarzan, ch. 21,
- :I am surprised that you, sir, a man of letters yourself, should have the so to interrupt the progress of science.
- (countable) An act or case of reckless boldness.
- 1910, w:Edith_Wharton, Edith Wharton, "The Blond Beast," Scribner's Magazine, vol. 48 (Sept),
- :Draper, dear lad, had the illusion of an "intellectual sympathy" between them.... Draper's temerities would always be of that kind.
- (context, not countable) effrontery, Effrontery; impudence.
- 1820, w:James_Fennimore_Cooper, James Fennimore Cooper, Precaution, ch. 30,
- :He had very nearly been guilty of the of arrogating to himself another title in the presence of those he most respected.
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