im·pas·sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd \

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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Pastor missed several early votes and then gave an impassioned speech about why taxes hurt the poor, prompting Councilman Tamaya Dennard to tell him not to lecture her – or speak on behalf of all poor people. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati's 2019 budget: Money for Health Gap, 911 center and police OT, and lots of fee increases," 27 June 2018 Hopefully, Little Mix will hear the impassioned cries of their fans and consider releasing LMX beyond U.K. borders. Marci Robin, Allure, "Little Mix Is Launching a Makeup Brand Called LMX — But There's a Catch," 5 July 2018 As the natural and machine-made fogs became indistinguishable from each other, Grizzly Bear spread their gospel, a nascent wave of classic rock, complete with impassioned singing and loud guitars. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 This impassioned début novel charts the growing estrangement of the youngest child, a son, in a Muslim Indian-American family. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 Ironically, social media and its impassioned memorials are actually keeping these old high fashion houses alive. Elizabeth Raiss,, "Why Do We Treat A Fashion Designer Leaving A Brand Like Someone Dying?," 14 June 2018 What followed over the next two hours was an impassioned back-and-forth between those who support the district’s transgender policies and many who don’t. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg divided over fate of teacher, transgender policies in schools," 12 June 2018 With most of the 60-plus speakers limited to two minutes each, the meeting felt at times like a convention hall debate, as people made impassioned arguments and cheered loudly for their preferred plan of the four under consideration. Annie Sweeney,, "Strong support voiced for community oversight of Chicago police at final public hearing," 6 June 2018 There were impassioned arguments on both sides of an ongoing debate over food trucks and their potential impact on brick-and-mortar restaurants in the Town of Bel Air during a public hearing Monday evening. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Standing room-only crowd for Bel Air food truck hearing," 17 Apr. 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impassioned

: showing or feeling very strong emotions


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Kids Definition of impassioned

: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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