from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an impetuous manner; with sudden force; violently; rashly.

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  • adverb In an impetuous manner; with sudden force; violently; rashly.

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

  • adverb in an impulsive or impetuous way; without taking cautions


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  • It gushed from her lips like a very fountain of happiness, irrepressible, springing towards the stars in jets and spurts of melody, falling with a ripple in which the music of the stars themselves seemed to echo; almost in the moment of its fall rising again, as though it panted with joy -- not with weariness, for the spirit of it called impetuously to life.

    Major Vigoureux

  • Mokaba’s funeral, the slogan was chanted impetuously, that is, without instigation by the leadership of the ANC.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "I don't know," impetuously; "but I knew I must come to you.

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  • On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism, it is a collection of video art that aims, according to curator Paco Barragan, to address "the complexities of the concept of 'nationalism' in a moment in which national identities are being either severely put into question or impetuously vindicated."

    Andrea Carson: Patriotism and Nationalism in Art: 10 Years After 9/11

  • After dumping on so many senior News International executives and laying off hundreds of journalists when they impetuously shut down the News of the World in a bid to contain the scandal, the only surprise was that the shots weren't fired sooner.

    James Murdoch: groomed for the top but now looking down the barrel

  • The fox-terrier, with a shrill yelp of pain, sprang back so impetuously as to ribbon its ear as Michael's teeth combed through it.


  • “I have worked, I do work,” I cried impetuously, as though he were my judge and I required vindication, and at the same time very much aware of my arrant idiocy in discussing the subject at all.

    Chapter 3

  • Which led to the next accident: I impetuously signed up with the Canadian military to pay for my tuition and books, and on graduation, found myself working in a Manitoba artillery base, taking care of 400 twenty-two year olds who had nothing other than boxer's fractures and urethritis wrong with them.

    Kevin Patterson - An interview with author

  • The 10-minute title track opens with delicate, impetuously flowing lines that grow more emphatic, become glisteningly impressionistic, and then dissolve into quietly playful prancings.

    Irène Schweizer: To Whom It May Concern – review

  • Wow, a president who gathers data and considers it vs. an adolescent one who studiously avoided serving in Vietnam yet launched two incredibly costly (in blood and dollars) wars impetuously, with the Iraq war based solely on deceit and arrogance and in violation of the UN and the Geneva Conventions.

    Obama: Decision on U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan 'soon'


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