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impatience

[im-pey-shuh ns] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃəns/
noun
1.
lack of patience.
2.
eager desire for relief or change; restlessness.
3.
intolerance of anything that thwarts, delays, or hinders.
Origin of impatience
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English impacience < Latin impatientia. See im-2, patience
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Examples from the Web for impatience
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  • At length, carried away by impatience, I reprimanded him publicly.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I am all impatience to hear how this astonishing change was effected.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • The story was not yet finished; but George's impatience caused him to interrupt it.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Again the Judge put the question, this time with some impatience.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • It was a hot day—she walked fast from the hurry and impatience of her mind.

British Dictionary definitions for impatience

impatience

/ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/
noun
1.
lack of patience; intolerance of or irritability with anything that impedes or delays
2.
restless desire for change and excitement
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Word Origin and History for impatience
n.

c.1200, from Old French impacience (Modern French impatience) and directly from Latin impatientia, from impatiens (see impatient).

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