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Meaning of IMPETUOUS

Pronunciation:  im'pechoous

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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)
  2. [adj]  marked by violent force; "impetuous heving waves"

IMPETUOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: brainish, forceful, hotheaded, impulsive, incautious, madcap, tearaway(a)



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im*pet"u*ous\, a. [F. impetueux, L. impetuosus. See
1. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus;
   furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an
   impetuous torrent.

         Went pouring forward with impetuous speed. --Byron.

2. Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man
   of impetuous temper.

         The people, on their holidays, Impetuous, insolent,
         unquenchable.                         --Milton.

Syn: Forcible; rapid; hasty; precipitate; furious;
     boisterous; violent; raging; fierce; passionate. --
     {Im*pet"u*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Im*pet"u*ous*ness}, n.

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