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[im-pech-oo-os-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɛtʃ uˈɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural impetuosities for 2.
the quality or condition of being impetuous.
an impetuous action.
Origin of impetuosity
1575-85; < Late Latin impetuōs(us) impetuous + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His old friend Steele was meanwhile involving himself in difficulties through the heat and impetuosity of his party passions.

    Addison William John Courthope
  • Faraday notes his own impetuosity, and incessantly checks it.

  • As usually happens in rebellions the plans of the more prudent were thwarted by the impetuosity of the more violent spirits.

    The Story Of Ireland Emily Lawless
  • Apparently with sudden remorse at his impetuosity, he turned to the doctor.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • With all his impetuosity, he was regular, systematic, and deliberate in his habits and ways of doing business.

    Studies in Contemporary Biography James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
  • In his impetuosity, we find the rationale of much that is peculiar in the style of Dr. Chalmers.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • But, once in presence of the enemy, his impetuosity would brook no control.

  • You must remember that Helen, with all her frankness and impetuosity, is still no child.

  • "Assuredly, my good sir," replied the young Roman, a bit confused at the other's impetuosity.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • She was often silent and dreamy: sometimes, however, she spoke with impetuosity.

Word Origin and History for impetuosity

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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