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Definition of impassioned

: filled with passion or zeal : showing great warmth or intensity of feeling

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of impassioned in a Sentence

Her lawyer made an impassioned argument in her defense. an impassioned plea for justice

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Stewart last month gave an impassioned speech during a hearing on Capitol Hill criticizing lawmakers for not passing the bill to reauthorize the fund sooner. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'It's absolutely outrageous': Jon Stewart slams Rand Paul for delaying 9/11 first responder bill," 17 July 2019 The committee Díaz was chairing in the council was subsequently dissolved, with Torres making an impassioned speech on the council floor condemning his colleague's comments before the vote to dissolve the committee. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Conservative Democrat and young gay politician fight over open House seat," 16 July 2019 Check out Gaga's full, impassioned speech outside of Stonewall below. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Tells LGBTQ Community 'I Would Take a Bullet For You' In Fiery Speech at Stonewall," 28 June 2019 Either way, the Warriors view Green as irreplaceable because of his playmaking, defense and impassioned leadership approach. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "After first day of NBA free agency, Warriors thinking ahead to 2020-221 season," 1 July 2019 A day after Alvarez’s and Stewart’s impassioned testimony, the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass a bill restoring the VCF, which is set to expire in December 2020. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "9/11 First Responder Luis Alvarez Has Died, 18 Days After Testifying Before Congress With Jon Stewart," 29 June 2019 Tapiwa Musonza, 28, was freed from jail as activists, members of the D.C. Council and his family blamed the officer for escalating an impassioned discussion into a violent confrontation. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Family, D.C. council members angry over arrest of man trying to help juvenile detained by Metro Transit Police," 24 June 2019 While Evangeline’s letters to Rose no longer survive, those include several equally impassioned quotes taken from her partner’s notes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Book Chronicles First Lady Rose Cleveland’s Love Affair With Evangeline Simpson Whipple," 21 June 2019 An impassioned priest screams about the fires of hell. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Mourning refugees risk a war zone to bury their dead at home," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of impassioned

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impassioned was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of impassioned

: showing or feeling very strong emotions


im·​pas·​sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd\

Kids Definition of impassioned

: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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