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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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The impassioned exchange came as Nielsen testified that she had never met with any Dreamers — the young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who now face deportation under Trump’s decision to end the DACA program., "Ivanka Trump scorned for praising Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech," 2 Jan. 2018 During an impassioned meeting of the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, members argued over multiple proposals considering how, or if, superdelegates should fit into the primary process. Adam Levy, CNN, "A new, smaller role proposed for superdelegates," 8 June 2018 Despite the excited, headlong rush of the writing—not since Humbert Humbert has so much impassioned prose been lavished on so nebulous a love-object—the overall tone is elegiac. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Toward the segment's end, an impassioned Whoopi began to talk about ways that American citizens can help struggling federal workers. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Totally School Abby Huntsman on Wednesday's Show," 24 Jan. 2019 The results are in for an impassioned national election that put the popularity of candidates Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling on the line. Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Rowling, Tolkien, Austen novels vie for bragging rights," 23 Oct. 2018 That’s precisely how this project has come together — by impassioned people who believe that everyone in this country should feel safe joining together. Kesha, Teen Vogue, "Kesha on Common Sense Gun Laws and Partnering With March for Our Lives to End Gun Violence," 12 Oct. 2018 O’Rourke became more impassioned when talking about immigration, saying that the United States has become inhospitable to refugees and immigrants—ripping apart families and deporting young children. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 From incredible goals to impassioned celebrations, there’s no denying that Portugal’s famed forward has style on the field. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of impassioned

1603, in the meaning defined above

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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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