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.

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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