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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 21st July 2024
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cavalier (adjective) kav-a-LEER

Supercilious, haughty, arrogant, incautious, showing a jaunty disregard or disrespect.

It is remarkable how cavalier the Government seem to be in the face of overwhelming opposition from those with real expertise.

Norman Lamb, Commons Hansard, 16 April 2007.
Commons Hansard

The circumvention of history is compounded by the cavalier disregard of numerous pronouncements of this Court that reflect the understanding of the jury as one of 12 members and have fixed expectations accordingly. Thus in Thompson v. Utah a unanimous Court answered in the affirmative the question whether the Sixth Amendment jury 'is a jury constituted, as it was at common law, of twelve persons, neither more nor less.'

Mr Justice Harlan, US Supreme Court, BALDWIN v. NEW YORK, 399 U.S. 117 (1970), 22 June 1970. US Supreme Court

Your horoscope describes an impatient, cavalier spirit that rewards action and derring-do.

Neil Spencer, The Observer, 2 September 2007. The Observer

"Boris's favoured pace is the amble," states his Eton school report, when not lambasting his "fecklessness" or "disgrace-fully cavalier" attitude.

Patrick Barkham, The Guardian, 25 July 2007.,Guardian
referring to Andrew Gimson's Boris: The Rise of Boris Johnson. Amazon

David comes across as a self-absorbed, passive fellow, who is coldly cavalier in dismissing his old girlfriend. (“Suffice it to say I have met someone I feel is the love of my life” and “My heart is closed to you.”)

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 23 February 2007, New York Times
reviewing Howard Norman's Devotion. Amazon

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