Definition of Impetuous

1. Adjective. Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation. "Madcap escapades"

Exact synonyms: Brainish, Hotheaded, Impulsive, Madcap, Tearaway
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Incautious
Derivative terms: Impetuosity, Impetuousness, Impulsiveness

2. Adjective. Marked by violent force. "Impetuous heaving waves"
Similar to: Forceful

Definition of Impetuous

1. a. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent.

Definition of Impetuous

1. Adjective. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner. ¹

2. Adjective. Characterized by sudden and violent force. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Impetuous

1. [adj]

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Literary usage of Impetuous

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1. Studies of a Biographer by Leslie Stephen (1902)
"mind in its influence is like a cloud borne on by an impetuous wind. ... In style and strength of expression Mandeville is wonderfully great and the energy ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"At the hour of midnight the impetuous multitude, with swords, and bows, and torches in their hands, rushed into the suburbs ; encompassed the palace ;7 and, ..."

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