im·​pas·​sion im-ˈpa-shən How to pronounce impassion (audio)
impassioned; impassioning im-ˈpa-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce impassion (audio)

transitive verb

: to arouse the feelings or passions of

Examples of impassion in a Sentence

the obvious intent of the documentary was to impassion viewers to do something about global warming
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Word History


probably from Italian impassionare, from in- (from Latin) + passione passion, from Late Latin passion-, passio

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impassion was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Impassion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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