impetuous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impetuous characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; (`brainish' is archaic) "a hotheaded decision","liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers","an impetuous display of spending and gambling","madcap escapades"
    • adj impetuous marked by violent force "impetuous heaving waves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impetuous Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent. "Went pouring forward with impetuous speed."
    • Impetuous Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man of impetuous temper. "The people, on their holidays, Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impetuous Having or characterized by great impetus; rushing with force and violence; acting with sudden, vehement, or rash energy; performed or delivered with sudden, overbearing force: as, an impetuous torrent; an impetuous charge or harangue.
    • impetuous Synonyms Precipitate, hot, furious, vehement, passionate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impetuous im-pet′ū-us rushing upon with impetus or violence: vehement in feeling: passionate
    • Impetuous adv. Impet′uously.ns. Impet′uousness, Impetuos′ity
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Quotations

  • Queen Elizabeth
    Queen Elizabeth
    “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. impetueux, L. impetuosus,. See Impetus

Usage

In literature:

Darsie threw the thought aside with the impetuous incredulity of youth.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He could not stay the impetuous flight of his steed.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
But the impetuous, indomitable Hamilton would hear of no inaction.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Without halting for breath, the impetuous column rushed toward the second line of works, which was equally as strong as the first.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Whence comes it that the instincts of this impetuous race are to some degree moderated?
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Frederick found himself wishing impetuously with all his soul that he could command a faith like hers.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The Shenandoah was impetuous, deep, turbid, with many eddies, lifted by the spring rains almost level with its banks.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Before I had time to frame a reply, she once more sprang impetuously from her chair, her face flushed and her eyes sparkling with anger.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Then, with impetuous frankness, Oswald avowed his love for Esther and interest in her future plans.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
But come now, and let us be mindful of impetuous valour.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Yet we feel that Diderot's impetuous taunts fail to press to the root of the matter.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
For her impetuous nature half-measures did not exist, and a peace that was not peace with honour seemed unworthy the name.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
How much he was disturbed I couldn't tell because I did not know what that impetuous lover had had to listen to.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Mrs Asplin lay back in her chair, with her hand to her head, now silent, now breaking out into impetuous lamentations.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
He was naturally impetuous and hasty in thought and action.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Let it check you in wilful impetuous moments; for what has once been done remains irrevocable.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
He seemed impetuous, but his outburst was a rush of controlled power.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
My words hurl themselves impetuously forward, as zouaves in battle!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Sempronius was a man of a very prompt and impetuous character, with great confidence in his own powers, and very ready for action.
"Hannibal" by Jacob Abbott
The report of his gun was answered by a roar and an impetuous charge.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Apollo
Yet turn, O beauteous maid, yet deign to hear
A love-sick deity's impetuous prayer!
O let me woo thee as thou wouldst be woo'd.
"Daphne to Apollo. Imitated From The First Book Of Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Matthew Prior
He stood Apollo-like, and grasp'd his song,
Which wore
The impetuous thunder flashing full on wrong,
And lurid lightnings that in swiftness bore
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
And as at dawn across the level mead
On wings impetuous some wind will come,
And with its too harsh kisses break the reed
Which was its only instrument of song,
"Silentium Amoris" by Oscar Wilde
Ah, bitter heart, nor always thus
You came, but with a storm of Spring,
With happiness impetuous,
With joy and beauty following--
Who now leave all these ruinous!
"The Song Of Joy" by Thomas MacDonagh
A creature of impetuous breath,
Our torpor deadlier than death
He knew not; whatsoe'er he saith
Flashes with life:
He spurreth men, he quickeneth
To splendid strife.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
He sunk, the impetuous river roll'd along,
The sullen wave betray'd his dying breath;
And rising sad the rustling sedge among,
The gale of evening touch'd the cords of death.
"Elegy Occasioned" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

) Today, Skolimowski's movie, his first after exiling himself from Poland to the UK in the late '60s, is a strangely impetuous study of coming-of-age sexual muddle, full of whimsy and abrupt ...
Joel Smirnoff's violin and piano recital with Christopher Oldfather at Town Hall Wednesday night had a sense of adventure and an energy bordering sometimes on the impetuous.
Impetuous Barca's lead reaches double digits.
As 2010 World Cup approaches, Jozy Altidore has youthful talent and the impetuousness of youth for US soccer.
British pianist Danny Driver uncovers the impetuous mood swings, curious key changes and whiplash stops and starts that define Bach 's leading-edge style.
Preserved in edible pods, they carry us from spring's tentative warming to the impetuous confidence of summer.
We forget how to walk barefoot, to act impetuously, to consider the potential promise of an unplanned unknown.
Democrat reacted with impetuous outrage to newspaper's allegations.
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In science:

Impetuous scientific and technological progress has rendered the field of ultracold atoms the playground of choice, to which one can turn to address outstanding questions in condensed matter and many-body physics.
Supersolid phases of cold atom assemblies
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