Today’s Word : impetuous

Word:  impetuous

PRONUNCIATION:

(im-PECH-oo-uhs)

MEANING:

adjective: Marked by impulsiveness or impatience.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin impetus (assault, impetus), from impetere (to attack), from in- (in) + petere (to go to). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pet- (to rush or fly), which also gave us feather, petition, compete, perpetual, pterodactyl, helicopter, propitious, pinnate, and lepidopterology (study of butterflies and moths). Earliest documented use: 1398.

USAGE:

“Fools rush in … Taylor Swift often acts, well, like an impetuous teen straight out of one of her songs.”
Eric Andersson; Why Taylor Can’t Find Love; Us Weekly (New York); Nov 19, 2012.

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