impetuosity

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From Middle French impétuosité, from Old French

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impetuosity (usually uncountable, plural impetuosities)

  1. The quality of making rash or arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive or forceful manner.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter XIII, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292, book IV:
      She had however another motive, beside her obedience, to accompany the old gentleman in the chase; for by her presence she hoped in some measure to restrain his impetuosity, and to prevent him from so frequently exposing his neck to the utmost hazard.
  2. The condition or quality of being impetuous; fury; violence.
  3. Vehemence; furiousness of temper.

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