Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being impetuous.
  • n. An impetuous act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of making rash or arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive or forceful manner.
  • n. The condition or quality of being impetuous; fury; violence.
  • n. Vehemence; furiousness of temper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being impetuous; fury; violence.
  • n. Vehemence, or furiousnes of temper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being impetuous; vehement or rash action, temper, or disposition; sudden or violent energy in thought or act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rash impulsiveness

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Examples

  • The officers of companies have always some little exertion to restrain impetuosity, and your galloping gentlemen set our men wild sometimes.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

  • The soldier has no longer that ardor, that impetuosity, which is redoubled in the heat of action, when the fight is hand to hand.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • For character consists of two factors: one, the will-to-live itself, blind impulse, so-called impetuosity; the other, the restraint which the will acquires when it comes to understand the world; and the world, again, is itself will.

    On Human Nature

  • Yes, old friend Ulrich, Stein is sorry that his impetuosity was the cause of spoiling this beautiful day.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig

  • King Haffgo looked sharply at his kinsman when he made this unblushing response, but his doubts if there were any quickly vanished, when he recalled the impetuosity with which he had attacked the defenders in the house and the vigor of his pursuit and his evident indignation and chagrin at the escape of the two white men.

    The Land of Mystery

  • I shall never cure myself of an impetuosity which is all the more dangerous because I believe its motive is sacred.

    The Life Of Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "What Miss Sanford?" asked Mrs. Turner, with that feminine impetuosity which is born of an incredulity as to any one's being able to convey information in one's own time and way.

    Marion's Faith.

  • Madeleine had inherited much of her father's lively nature; but she had also a kind of impetuosity, which one of her governesses had called defiance.

    Garman and Worse A Norwegian Novel

  • In fact, the unknown spoke with that impetuosity which is the principal character of English accentuation, even among men who speak the French language with the greatest purity.

    The Vicomte De Bragelonne

  • In a 1958 announcement on rock, General Secretary Walter Ulbricht condemned “its noise” as an “expression of impetuosity” that characterized the “anarchism of capitalist society.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

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