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Synonyms for impulse
ˈɪm pʌlsim·pulse

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impulse

    Appetite is used only of the demands of the physical system, unless otherwise expressly stated, as when we say an appetite for knowledge; passion includes all excitable impulses of our nature, as anger, fear, love, hatred, etc. Appetite is thus more animal than passion; and when we speak of passions and appetites as conjoined or contrasted, we think of the appetites as wholly physical and of the passions as, in part at least, mental or spiritual. We say an appetite for food, a passion for fame. Compare DESIRE.

    Compare ANTIPATHY.

    Synonyms:
    appetency, appetite, craving, desire, disposition, inclination, liking, longing, lust, passion, proclivity, proneness, propensity, relish, thirst, zest

    Antonyms:
    antipathy, aversion, detestation, disgust, dislike, disrelish, distaste, hatred, indifference, loathing, repugnance, repulsion

    Preposition:
    He had an insatiable appetite for the marvellous.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impulse

    Synonyms:
    incentive, push, incitement, force, influence, instigation, feeling, sudden thought, motive

    Antonyms:
    rebuff, repulse, premeditation, deliberation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. urge, impulsenoun

    an instinctive motive

    "profound religious impulses"

    Synonyms:
    pulsing, whim, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, impetus, momentum, urge, impulsion, caprice, pulse, neural impulse, pulsation, itch

  2. caprice, impulse, whimnoun

    a sudden desire

    "he bought it on an impulse"

    Synonyms:
    pulsing, whim, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, impetus, momentum, urge, impulsion, caprice, pulse, notion, neural impulse, whimsey, pulsation, whimsy

  3. nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse, impulsenoun

    the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber

    "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"

    Synonyms:
    pulsing, momentum, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, impetus, whim, impulsion, caprice, pulse, neural impulse, pulsation, urge

  4. pulsation, pulsing, pulse, impulsenoun

    (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)

    "the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"

    Synonyms:
    impulsion, pulse, beat, caprice, whim, momentum, nervous impulse, neural impulse, pulsation, heart rate, pulsing, heartbeat, nerve impulse, impetus, pulse rate, urge

  5. impulse, impulsion, impetusnoun

    the act of applying force suddenly

    "the impulse knocked him over"

    Synonyms:
    pulsing, whim, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, impetus, momentum, urge, drift, impulsion, caprice, pulse, neural impulse, pulsation

  6. momentum, impulsenoun

    an impelling force or strength

    "the car's momentum carried it off the road"

    Synonyms:
    pulsing, whim, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, impetus, momentum, urge, impulsion, caprice, pulse, neural impulse, pulsation

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. impulsenoun

    Synonyms:
    thrust, push, impelling force

  2. impulsenoun

    Synonyms:
    passion, instinct, sudden thought

  3. impulsenoun

    Synonyms:
    incitement, instigation, motive, influence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impulsenoun

    Synonyms:
    motive, incentive, impulsion, impetus

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "impulse":

    impetus, momentum, pulse, boost, whim, stimulus, incentive

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How to use impulse in a sentence?

  1. Marcus Aureluis, Meditations, Book nine:

    Erase fancy; curb impulse; quench desire; let sovereign reason have the mastery.

  2. Tommy Craggs:

    The impulse that led to Thursday's story is the impulse upon which Nick himself built Gawker's brand.

  3. Erik Jensen:

    I’ve done that numerous times in my life, where I acted on impulse and emotion, you don’t always think things through. Things might have looked cool and exciting, but in the long run, she not only hurt herself, but she hurt her family and a whole community in upstate New York. It wasn’t a happy ending.

  4. Christoph Bals:

    Seven months after the successful climate summit in Paris the government is capitulating to the interests of the fossil fuel industry and missing the chance to give the economy a modernization impulse by presenting clear plans.

  5. Henry James:

    There are moods in which one feels the impulse to enter a tacit protest against too gross an appetite for pure aesthetics in this starving and sinning world. One turns half away, musingly, from certain beautiful useless things.

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