im·​pas·​sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd How to pronounce impassioned (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web On a warm October evening, in 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood in a baseball field in Pittsburgh, delivering an impassioned speech about passion’s improbable subject: the federal budget. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 27 July 2022 Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft, in an impassioned speech Monday, renewed his call for a bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway and urged anyone affiliated with the Alabama Gulf Coast to support a grassroots effort to get the project moving forward. al, 21 July 2022 During one impassioned speech by family matriarch Rose Maxson (Shanésia Davis), several people visibly and audibly cheered her on. Emily Mcclanathan, Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022 Twelve of the 13 councilors voted for the proposal, but one, Tania Fernandes Anderson, walked out of the chamber before the vote after an impassioned speech criticizing the package. Globe Staff,, 13 July 2022 The New York City Council officially approved the dedication after an impassioned nine-year push by fans. Justine Browning,, 18 July 2022 During the candidate forum, Mireku-North delivered an impassioned promise to push prosecutors to look at juvenile offenders more broadly and as whole people. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 While her speech appeared spontaneous and impassioned, her decision to go blonde may have been a bit more premeditated. Sam Reed, Glamour, 27 June 2022 But legal experts warn that as some states draft legislation, the status of these embryos, as well as patients and providers, could become vulnerable, especially if an impassioned prosecutor decides to test the new terrain. New York Times, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impassioned

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Impassioned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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im·​pas·​sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd \

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: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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