Impetuous Im*pet"u*ous, a. [F. impetueux, L. impetuosus. See {Impetus}.] 1. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent. [1913 Webster]

Went pouring forward with impetuous speed. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man of impetuous temper. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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