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Impetuous definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

IMPET'UOUS, a. [L. impetuosus, from impetus,impeto; in and peto, to urge, to rush. See Bid.]
1. Rushing with great force and violence; moving rapidly; furious; forcible; fierce; raging; as an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent.
2. Vehement of mind; fierce; hasty; passionate; violent; as a man of impetuous temper.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; (`brainish' is archaic) [syn: hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway, brainish]
2: marked by violent force; "impetuous heaving waves"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin impetuosus, from Latin impetus Date: 14th century 1. marked by impulsive vehemence or passion <an impetuous temperament> 2. marked by force and violence of movement or action <an impetuous wind> Synonyms: see precipitate impetuously adverb impetuousness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 acting or done rashly or with sudden energy. 2 moving forcefully or rapidly. Derivatives: impetuosity n. impetuously adv. impetuousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF impetueux f. LL impetuosus (as IMPETUS)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Impetuous Im*pet"u*ous, a. [F. impetueux, L. impetuosus. See Impetus.] 1. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent. Went pouring forward with impetuous speed. --Byron. 2. Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man of impetuous temper. The people, on their holidays, Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable. --Milton. Syn: Forcible; rapid; hasty; precipitate; furious; boisterous; violent; raging; fierce; passionate. -- Im*pet"u*ous*ly, adv. -- Im*pet"u*ous*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe someone as impetuous, you mean that they are likely to act quickly and suddenly without thinking or being careful. He was young and impetuous... = rash, impulsive ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Vehement, violent, furious, fierce, passionate, precipitate, hasty, hot, over-zealous, headlong.

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