from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun rash impulsiveness


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  • 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. 1903

  • 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 2007

  • 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 2004

  • 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 Various

  • 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 Edward Sylvester Ellis 1878

  • 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 Tarbell, Ida 1899

  • "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. Charles King 1888

  • 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 Alexander Lange Kielland 1877

  • 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 Alexandre Dumas p��re 1836

  • 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 Thaddeus Russell 2010


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