im·​pas·​sioned im-ˈpa-shənd How to pronounce impassioned (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impassioned was in 1603

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“Impassioned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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: showing very strong feeling
an impassioned speech

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