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im·pet·u·ous

 (ĭm-pĕch′o͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Acting or done quickly with little or inadequate thought.
2. Having or marked by violent force: impetuous, heaving waves.

[Middle English, violent, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus, from Latin impetus, impetus; see impetus.]

im·pet′u·ous·ly adv.
im·pet′u·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: impetuous, hasty, headlong, precipitate
These adjectives describe abruptness or lack of deliberation. Impetuous suggests forceful impulsiveness or impatience: "[Martin Luther King] feared that an ill-prepared, impetuous demonstration would endanger ... the marchers" (Nick Kotz).
Hasty and headlong both stress hurried, often reckless action: "Hasty marriage seldom proveth well" (Shakespeare)."In his headlong flight down the circular staircase, ... [he] had pitched forward violently ... and probably broken his neck" (Mary Roberts Rinehart).
Precipitate suggests impulsiveness and lack of due reflection: "All my mistakes in life had flowed from that precipitate departure of mine" (Philip Roth).

impetuous

(ɪmˈpɛtjʊəs)
adj
1. liable to act without consideration; rash; impulsive
2. resulting from or characterized by rashness or haste
3. poetic moving with great force or violence; rushing: the impetuous stream hurtled down the valley.
[C14: from Late Latin impetuōsus violent; see impetus]
imˈpetuously adv
imˈpetuousness, impetuosity n

im•pet•u•ous

(ɪmˈpɛtʃ u əs)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action or emotion.
2. moving with great force; violent: impetuous winds.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin impetuōsus= Latin impetu(s) impetus + -ōsus -ous]
im•pet′u•ous•ly, adv.
im•pet′u•ous•ness, n.
syn: impetuous, impulsive both refer to persons who are hasty and precipitate in action, or to actions not preceded by thought. impetuous suggests great energy, overeagerness, and impatience: an impetuous lover; impetuous words. impulsive emphasizes spontaneity and lack of reflection: an impulsive act of generosity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impetuous - 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)
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
incautious - lacking in caution; "an incautious remark"; "incautious talk"
2.impetuous - marked by violent force; "impetuous heaving waves"
forceful - characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical); "a forceful speaker"; "a forceful personality"; "forceful measures"; "a forceful plan for peace"

impetuous

impetuous

adjective
Translations
مُتَهَوِّر، مُنْدَفِع
zbrklýprudkýunáhlený
impulsivoveriletubesindig
äkkinäinenharkitsematonkiihkeä
bráîur; ákafur
impulsīvsnesavaldīgsstraujš

impetuous

[ɪmˈpetjʊəs] ADJ [person] → impetuoso, impulsivo; [behaviour] → precipitado, impulsivo

impetuous

[ɪmˈpɛtʃuəs] adjimpétueux/euse

impetuous

adj act, personungestüm, stürmisch; decisionimpulsiv; (liter) attack, windstürmisch

impetuous

[ɪmˈpɛtjʊəs] adjimpetuoso/a

impetuous

(imˈpetjuəs) adjective
acting in a hasty manner and without thinking.
imˈpetuously adverb
imˌpetuˈosity (-ˈo-) noun

impetuous

a. impetuoso-a.
References in classic literature ?
Therefore Julius with his impetuous action accomplished what no other pontiff with simple human wisdom could have done; for if he had waited in Rome until he could get away, with his plans arranged and everything fixed, as any other pontiff would have done, he would never have succeeded.
For once in my life, I will take Time as fiercely by the forelock as if I was the most impetuous man in England; and, rely on it, the moment I know the result, you shall know the result, too.
The Horse chose his earliest years and gave them his own attributes: hence every man is in his youth impetuous, headstrong, and obstinate in maintaining his own opinion.
The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other, and the coal, who was of an impetuous disposition, tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge.
You are of such--of such an impetuous nature,' said Gashford, changing his manner for one of the utmost good fellowship and the pleasantest raillery; 'you are such an excitable creature-- but you'll drink with me before you go?
In the despair of that bitter moment--seeing her devoted old servant looking at her with kind compassionate eyes--Emily's troubled spirit sought refuge in impetuous self-betrayal; the very betrayal which she had resolved should not escape her, hardly a minute since!
A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.
As to women, he had once already been drawn headlong by impetuous folly, which he meant to be final, since marriage at some distant period would of course not be impetuous.
When they were placed in position they thought it was time to begin--and then did begin, too, and with a most impetuous energy, without waiting for anybody to give the word.
Off they started through the jungle, trailing after the impetuous professor who was intent on capturing the iguana.
The parrot fortunately offered no further interruption to the entertainment, the whole venom of his nature apparently having been cherished up and hurled against the twins in that one impetuous outburst.
The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity, and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.