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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Payton’s strong solos on piano and trumpet bracketed an extended bass solo by Spalding that was especially energetic, impassioned, and adept, Carrington accenting her partners’ work throughout with brilliant freestyle drumming. Bill Beuttler,, "A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers," 1 July 2018 The Weeknd delivers an impassioned, pared-back version of the lead track on his recently released My Dear Melancholy EP (and current top five single on the Billboard Hot 100). Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Coachella 2018: Vince Staples Brings Out Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd Breaks Down and More Day One Highlights," 14 Apr. 2018 Netanyahu made his standard, impassioned, plea for more economic investment in Israel and said Arab nations increasingly see their interests aligned with the Jewish state over Iran’s role in the Middle East. Yueqi Yang,, "Netanyahu Jokes About His Future, Puts Rivals on Election Notice," 7 Mar. 2018 His impassioned performance elicited a standing ovation from the entire crowd—and a rare reaction from judge Simon Cowell. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Watch: 'America's Got Talent' Singer Michael Ketterer Earns Golden Buzzer From Judge Simon Cowell," 6 June 2018 West was rebuffed by TMZ employee Van Lathan, whose impassioned response quickly went viral. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Stephen A. Smith reacts to Kanye West's 'repulsive' comments on slavery," 4 May 2018 Sponsored by the school's Black Student Union, the rousing hour assembly had students and staff clapping and cheering after one impassioned performance after another in the school gymnasium. Pioneer Press,, "Niles North celebrates Black History Month with spirited student-led production, photo exhibition," 26 Feb. 2018 In case the headlining pieces themselves weren’t enough to ignite your revolutionary fires, the sharp, impassioned performances by these youths are blazing calls for change. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Between Us’ makes a history of revolutions as intimate as a whisper," 20 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of impassioned

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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