Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
Characterized by sudden and violent force.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
One is eager who impatiently desires to accomplish some end; one is earnest with a desire that is less impatient, but more deep, resolute, and constant; one is anxious with a desire that foresees rather the pain of disappointment than the delight of attainment. One is eager for the gratification of any appetite or passion; he is earnest in conviction, purpose, or character. Eager usually refers to some specific and immediate satisfaction, earnest to something permanent and enduring; the patriotic soldier is earnest in his devotion to his country, eager for a decisive battle.
apathetic, calm, careless, cold, cool, dispassionate, frigid, heedless, indifferent, negligent, phlegmatic, purposeless, regardless, stolid, stony, stupid, unconcerned, uninterested, unmindful, unmoved
Eager for (more rarely after) favor, honor, etc.; eager in pursuit.
hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainish(adj)
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)
marked by violent force
"impetuous heaving waves"
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How to use impetuous in a sentence?
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.
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.
Patience is a complot of the Devil to immobilize the men! Mortal men should be impatient and impetuous; patience is only for the immortals!
The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.
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- impetuósCatalan, Valencian
- unáhlený, zbrklýCzech
- heftig, opfarende, fremfusende, impulsivDanish
- impulsivo, brutal, irreflexivo, impetuoso, brusco, violentoSpanish
- odolbero, oldartsu, oldar handikoBasque
- kiivas, kiihkeä, raju, äkkipikainenFinnish
- impulsif, irréfléchi, brusque, impétueux, brutal, violentFrench
- hirtelen, indulatosHungarian
- պոռթկուն, իմպուլսիվ, սրընթաց, բուռնArmenian
- irruente, impulsivoItalian
- takahorohoro, taikaha, manawarere, totoaMāori
- impulsief, onstuimig, gewelddadig, bruuskDutch
- impulsstyrt, oppfarende, fremfusendeNorwegian
- zapalczywy, impulsywny, porywczyPolish
- brusco, impetuosoPortuguese
- стремительный, поспешный, порывистыйRussian
- zbrklý, impulzívny, prudkýSlovak
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