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Synonyms for impulse
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. urge, impulse(noun)

    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, whim(noun)

    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, impulse(noun)

    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, impulse(noun)

    (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, impetus(noun)

    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, impulse(noun)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. impulse(n.)

    Synonyms:
    thrust, push, impelling force

  2. impulse(n.)

    Synonyms:
    passion, instinct, sudden thought

  3. impulse(n.)

    Synonyms:
    incitement, instigation, motive, influence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impulse(n)

    Synonyms:
    motive, incentive, impulsion, impetus

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

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

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How to use impulse in a sentence?

  1. Marquis de Sade:

    Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.

  2. Terence:

    While the mind is in doubt it is driven this way and that by a slight impulse.

  3. Christian Stocker:

    We need a strong earnings momentum to justify the current lofty valuations and push share prices further higher, but that's not happening, i don't see a lasting positive impulse coming from the reporting season and see only a marginal increase in equities in the remaining weeks of the year.

  4. Vincent van Gogh:

    Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

  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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