Hypertext Webster Gateway: "impatience"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Impatience \Im*pa"tience\n. [OE. impacience, F. impatience, fr.
L. impatientia.]
The quality of being impatient; want of endurance of pain,
suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for
something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit;
fretfulness; passion; as, the impatience of a child or an

I then, . . . Out of my grief and my impatience,
Answered neglectingly. --Shak.

With huge impatience he inly swelt More for great
sorrow that he could not pass, Than for the burning
torment which he felt. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes
delay [syn: {restlessness}]
2: a restless desire for change and excitement
3: a dislike of anything that causes delay [ant: {patience}]

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