im·​pet·​u·​os·​i·​ty | \ im-ˌpe-chə-ˈwä-sə-tē How to pronounce impetuosity (audio) , -chü-ˈä- \
plural impetuosities

Definition of impetuosity

1 : the quality or state of being impetuous
2 : an impetuous action or impulse

Examples of impetuosity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His sacred vows didn’t stop Kelly from displaying the impetuosity that brands this city’s fans. Frank Fitzpatrick,, 14 Apr. 2018 Regardless of whether fate led these men to board the train, Eastwood suggests that what drove them to act when faced with a crisis was their youthful impetuosity. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 9 Feb. 2018 Not to give too much away, but Alice’s romantic impetuosity in her youth has fateful consequences that only a show as sentimentally over the top as this could happily resolve. Charles Mcnulty,, 23 Oct. 2017 This president combines qualities of Shakespeare’s worst kings: the vanity of Lear, the impetuosity of Richard II, the maliciousness of Richard III. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2017 But, then again, that’s the sort of recipe favored by Donald Trump, a president who acts with impetuosity and has little time for strategy. Matt Giles, Longreads, 31 July 2017 On Friday Ms. Damrau suggested the shakiness of Elvira’s psyche through manic body movements and nervous impetuosity, bravely folding her physical performance into her singing during crucial moments. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of impetuosity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impetuosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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