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 Lawmakers often give impassioned speeches on the House and Senate floor. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Race, gender and politics: A man pointed a gun at Dr. Myers, a woman refused to shake Sen. Melton's hand," 23 June 2020 Giving an impassioned speech about the issues that matter to young people, Dede concedes the election to Payton., "The Politician season 2 binge recap," 19 June 2020 One of those chats took place after Smith and his son watched a video of an impassioned speech on May 30 by rapper Killer Mike. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "How three North Texas multiracial families are talking about Floyd protests, racism and the way forward," 19 June 2020 Alabama also is running out of hospital space, stirring impassioned debate over a mask requirement. Anchorage Daily News, "US virus outbreaks stir clash over masks, personal freedom," 18 June 2020 Many of the team leaders made impassioned speeches. Mitch Stephens,, "Liberty’s football coach takes job with NCAA Division II team in Michigan," 17 June 2020 The pop star, 30, made an impassioned plea to Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission on social media Friday to stop honoring historical bigots. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift calls on Tennessee lawmakers to remove 'racist' monuments: 'It makes me sick'," 13 June 2020 Dave Chappelle was not funny during his first stage performance in 87 days, an impassioned, 27-minute set that spoke to the cultural reckoning triggered by the killing of George Floyd. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dave Chappelle’s new special isn’t stand-up. It’s an anguished history of violence," 12 June 2020 The Sunday event appealed to a younger crowd and featured impassioned speeches that may have made some white participants a bit uncomfortable. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Siblings lead Sunday rally for racial justice on Medina’s Public Square," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of impassioned

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Impassioned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impassioned

: showing or feeling very strong emotions


im·​pas·​sioned | \ im-ˈpa-shənd \

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: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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