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Definition of "impetuous" []

  • Characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate. (adjective)
  • Having or marked by violent force: impetuous, heaving waves. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impetuous" in a sentence
  • "It was used in short, impetuous outbursts on occasions of triumph or mourning."
  • "There had been a startled pause, just long enough for him to curse himself mentally but not for him to recall his impetuous words, before his mother had demanded in excitement, 'You mean there is?"
  • "Those who recall the impetuous abandon of the pre-war agriculturist may well ask whether Boloism has not been work at again."