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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Few subjects elicit more impassioned debate than elephant tourism. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 McKiernan and others predicted the report will reignite impassioned debate in the Capitol over extending Pennsylvania’s civil statute of limitations., "Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses," 17 June 2018 McConnell steered the confirmation swiftly past opponents, including the ailing McCain, whose long-distance rejection of the nominee over her role in the CIA's torture program hung over an impassioned debate. The Washington Post,, "Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program," 17 May 2018 McConnell steered the confirmation swiftly past opponents, including the ailing McCain, whose long-distance rejection of the nominee over her role in the CIA's torture program hung over an impassioned debate. Lisa Mascaro, Fox News, "Senate votes to confirm Haspel as 1st female CIA director," 17 May 2018 O'Rourke made headlines for his impassioned concession speech, which included an F-bomb on live TV. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Read the Full Transcript of Beto O'Rourke's Viral Concession Speech," 7 Nov. 2018 Her impassioned statement in court Tuesday, which ended with a plea that everyone go home and hug their children, came before Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham sentenced Leibel to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Marisa Gerber,, "Graphic novelist sentenced to life in prison for 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee," 26 June 2018 Paul said during an impassioned victim impact statement, adding that his family can’t put his brother’s death behind them so easily. Travis Andersen,, "Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal shooting of off-duty Revere police officer in 2007," 12 Apr. 2018 The 23-year-old victim read an impassioned statement at the sentencing hearing. CBS News, "Judge in Stanford sex assault case will no longer hear criminal matters," 25 Aug. 2016

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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


im·​pas·​sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd\

Kids Definition of impassioned

: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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