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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
  • The impetuosity with which he came amongst them carried them along.

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

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

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

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

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

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • Her impetuosity caused him perpetual anxiety, but he loved her.

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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