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impetuosity

[im-pech-oo-os-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɛtʃ uˈɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural impetuosities for 2.
1.
the quality or condition of being impetuous.
2.
an impetuous action.
Origin of impetuosity
1575-1585
1575-85; < Late Latin impetuōs(us) impetuous + -ity
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Examples from the Web for impetuosity
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  • "No, no, I am not modest," she interrupted him with an impetuosity which startled him.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • The impetuosity with which he came amongst them carried them along.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • The impetuosity of my advent made the man at the helm start slightly.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • A shepherd with a flock arrived at a river of some impetuosity.

  • "I can," cried the youth, with an impetuosity that startled his companion.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Bravery and impetuosity were two of Colonel Snelling's traits.

    Old Fort Snelling Marcus L. Hansen
  • The last sea rushed upon us with the impetuosity of a torrent.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • The eye cannot follow his movements, unless you rein him in and restrain his impetuosity.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • Her impetuosity caused him perpetual anxiety, but he loved her.

  • He determined to bid farewell for ever to the impetuosity of youth.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
Word Origin and History for impetuosity
n.

early 15c., "violent movement, rushing," from Old French impetuosité (13c.), from Medieval Latin impetuositatem (nominative impetuositas), from Late Latin impetuosus (see impetuous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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