impetuous

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus (violent), from Latin impetus (attack).

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impetuous (comparative more impetuous, superlative most impetuous)

  1. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
    • 1880, John Weeks Moore, Complete Encyclopaedia of Music, "Beethoven, Louis Van ":
      But it was natural, that the impetuous, restless young artist should incline more to excess of strength than of delicacy in his playing.
  2. Characterized by sudden and violent force.

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