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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.

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

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

    He had an insatiable appetite for the marvellous.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impulse

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

    rebuff, repulse, premeditation, deliberation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. urge, impulsenoun

    an instinctive motive

    "profound religious impulses"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

    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"

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. impulsenoun

    thrust, push, impelling force

  2. impulsenoun

    passion, instinct, sudden thought

  3. impulsenoun

    incitement, instigation, motive, influence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impulsenoun

    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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  1. Jim Vogel:

    The Hong Kong demonstrations and their ability to shut down the airport and the surprise in Argentina took the wind out of the sails of the stock market, we're back to worrying that things are still unsettled and so there's no need to push stocks higher, and without that optimism, without that 'things-are-getting-better' impulse behind stocks, Treasury yields are moving to the lower middle of the range.

  2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    The first impulse of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is to have gun control, but the first impulse in my mind is let's have a strategy to take out ISIS there so we don't have to deal with it here.

  3. Jim Meskimen:

    Like everyone else, I’m hugely impressed by how far he’s come as an actor, this was a rap artist from Philly who's now a mammoth star. But he’s always had a tremendous amount of personal magneticsm. Somebody once said on set that he had an Elvis vibe. I’ve never met Elvis, but he certainly has this very attractive quality. He’s a guy you want to spend time with and hear what he has to say. And when you’re a superstar, there’s an impulse to share everything with us. That’s very risky. But it also demonstrates personal freedom that, I think, we all aspire to. But even then, he demonstrated pure talent, humor, skill and inventiveness. He’s pretty irresistible.

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    Had the flag not existed or not been on the grounds of the capitol, this massacre would have happened in any case, but it's the standard liberal impulse: something happened really bad. So there's got to be a problem, there has to be a solution, we must do something, even if that something is entirely irrelevant.

  5. Del Bosque:

    I really believe in the veterans who have spent a long time with us and we trust the newcomers who give the squad an impulse and fresh blood, our objective is to think further than the two European Championships we’ve won because people are only going to value what we do in the next one.

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