impetuous


impulsive

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“The UK is reportedly set to tighten laws on imports related to China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for so-called forced labor accusations, an IMPETUOUS move … which will worsen the frosty China-UK ties, analysts said.”

Global Times

Did you
know?

impetuous
adjective

- acting or done quickly and without thinking carefully about the results

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary


ORIGIN

From Old French, impetueux; from Late Latin, impetuosus, from Latin, impetus.


THE IMPETUOUS MP*

In the 1930s Winston Churchill’s critics called him rash, IMPETUOUS, tactless, contentious, inconsistent, unsound, an amusing parliamentary celebrity who was forever out of step.

‘We just don’t know what to make of him,’ a troubled MP told Lady Astor. She answered brightly: ‘How about a nice rug?’”

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess (1879-1964) American-born English politician, British MP noted for her frequent run-ins with Winston Churchill.

*MP = Member of Parliament


SYNONYMS

IMPETUOUS, heedless, hasty, headlong, precipitate, sudden

So what’s the difference?

IMPETUOUS suggests forceful impulsiveness or impatience - “A race driver who was flamboyant, impetuous, disdainful of death” (Jim Murray).

HEEDLESS implies carelessness or lack of responsibility or proper regard for consequences - “Hobbling down stairs with heedless haste, I set my foot full in a pail of water” (Richard Steele).

HASTY and HEADLONG both stress hurried, often reckless action - “Hasty marriage seldom proveth well” (Shakespeare). “In his headlong flight down the circular staircase,… he had pitched forward violently, struck his head against the door to the east veranda, and probably broken his neck” (Mary Roberts Rinehart).

PRECIPITATE suggests impulsiveness and lack of due reflection - “It was a precipitate and fateful decision.”

SUDDEN applies to what becomes apparent abruptly or unexpectedly - “He is given to sudden fits of anger.”

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary


PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“Let’s not make an IMPETUOUS decision, let’s carefully consider all the alternatives.”


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