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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 ?
Meg spoke seriously and expected to see Laurie frown or laugh, but he did neither, for after a quick look at her, he said, in his impetuous way, "I like that
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.
Encouraged by this slight advantage, the impetuous young man continued his onset, and sprang upon his enemy with naked hands.
I've come to buy you, and take you home," said George, with impetuous vehemence.
How shall he ever know well that he is and does as an officer of the government, or as a man, until he is obliged to consider whether he will treat me, his neighbor, for whom he has respect, as a neighbor and well-disposed man, or as a maniac and disturber of the peace, and see if he can get over this obstruction to his neighborlines without a ruder and more impetuous thought or speech corresponding with his action.
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.
Elinor encouraged her as much as possible to talk of what she felt; and before breakfast was ready, they had gone through the subject again and again; and with the same steady conviction and affectionate counsel on Elinor's side, the same impetuous feelings and varying opinions on Marianne's, as before.
Rochester; that the impetuous will of the latter held complete sway over the inertness of the former: the few words which had passed between them assured me of this.
She is resolute and impetuous, clever and domineering; she is not one of those model women who want a man to look up to, and to protect them -- her beau-ideal (though she may not think it herself) is a man she can henpeck.
His streaming white hair, his remarkable face, and the impetuous confidence of his manner, as he put the weapons aside like water, carried him in an instant to the heart of the concourse at the stone.
It was very interesting to me to see them together, not only on account of their mutual affection, but because of the strong personal resemblance between them, and the manner in which what was haughty or impetuous in him was softened by age and sex, in her, to a gracious dignity.