What does impetuous mean?

Definitions for impetuous
ɪmˈpɛtʃ u əsim·petu·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainishadjective

    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. impetuousadjective

    marked by violent force

    "impetuous heaving waves"


  1. impetuousadjective

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

  2. impetuousadjective

    Characterized by sudden and violent force.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPETUOUSadjective

    Etymology: impetueux, Fr. from impetus, Latin.

    Their virtue, like their Tyber's flood,
    Rolling its course, design'd their country's good;
    But oft the torrent's too impetuous speed,
    From the low earth tore some polluted weed. Matthew Prior.

    The king, 'tis true, is noble, but impetuous. Nicholas Rowe.


  1. impetuous

    The term "impetuous" generally refers to someone who is acting or speaking hastily and without much thought or consideration for the consequences. It describes a tendency to act on sudden impulses or emotions, often resulting in impulsive decisions or actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impetuousadjective

    rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent

  2. Impetuousadjective

    vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man of impetuous temper

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impetuous

    im-pet′ū-us, adj. rushing upon with impetus or violence: vehement in feeling: passionate.—adv. Impet′uously.ns. Impet′uousness, Impetuos′ity.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impetuous

    Rushing with force and violence, moving with impetus, furious, forcible; as, the troops went pouring forward with impetuous speed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of impetuous in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    Power may be justly compared to a great river while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes.

  2. James Madison:

    The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.

  3. Todd Fisher:

    They had an impetuous affair and I was aware of it — not in any huge detail because it was n’t that big of a thing, it was n’t like it was such an ongoing thing. But Carrie Fisher had sworn me to secrecy on it, and no one had ever said anything to my mother.

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  • متهورArabic
  • impetuósCatalan, Valencian
  • zbrklý, unáhlenýCzech
  • fremfusende, impulsiv, opfarende, heftigDanish
  • ungestümGerman
  • ορμητικόςGreek
  • impulsivo, irreflexivo, impetuoso, brusco, violento, brutalSpanish
  • odolbero, oldartsu, oldar handikoBasque
  • kiivas, raju, äkkipikainen, kiihkeäFinnish
  • brusque, brutal, impulsif, irréfléchi, violent, impétueuxFrench
  • indulatos, hirtelenHungarian
  • պոռթկուն, բուռն, սրընթաց, իմպուլսիվArmenian
  • impulsivo, irruenteItalian
  • takahorohoro, taikaha, totoa, manawarereMāori
  • bruusk, impulsief, onstuimig, gewelddadigDutch
  • impulsstyrt, fremfusende, oppfarendeNorwegian
  • porywczy, zapalczywy, impulsywnyPolish
  • impetuoso, bruscoPortuguese
  • поспешный, стремительный, порывистыйRussian
  • zbrklý, prudký, impulzívnySlovak
  • impulsivSwedish
  • mapusokTagalog
  • 浮躁Chinese

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    A hypernym
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