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 Meanwhile, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, offers an impassioned defense of her efforts to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline through the Great Lakes. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 Biden denied the charges and fired back with an impassioned defense of his son, which Hunter recounted in an epilogue written as a posthumous letter to his brother, Beau. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2021 In his postgame remarks following the USC game, Krystkowiak was near tears at the start, and eventually gave an impassioned defense of the state of the program in the middle of a handful of lean years without a postseason appearance. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Protests of Floyd’s death last May sparked a summer of change in America, and here in Alabama those changes started in earnest when Johnson gave an impassioned speech in Kelly Ingram Park on May 31, 2020. Joseph Goodman |, al, 28 May 2021 The clip of Winfield that was broadcast on the show came from his recent impassioned speech about the CROWN Act, which outlaws discrimination based on hairstyles historically associated with race. Christopher Keating,, 10 May 2021 My head wants to say there’s no way in hell Jack Pearson would want to see this movie, but a film about a handsome guy who makes grand gestures and self-important, impassioned speeches? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 18 May 2021 But key pieces of his writing have endured the test of time: In 1791, for instance, Banneker included a handwritten advance copy of his almanac in an impassioned letter to then-Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 Once their works were posted on Twitter, the students were stunned by the impassioned response. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of impassioned

1603, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Impassioned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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