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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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Earlier, O'Rourke delivered an impassioned speech to members of the El Paso community that gathered for a vigil in honor of the victims of Saturday's shooting. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Beto O'Rourke rips President Trump in expletive-filled rant after El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 The hashtag #MoscowMitchMcTreason is trending one day after the Kentucky Republican gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor in response to accusations of being a Russian sympathizer. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "#MoscowMitchMcTreason trends one day after Mitch McConnell lashes out at 'McCarthyism'," 30 July 2019 Despite three postponements and countless impassioned speeches, only 99 of the assembly’s 225 members supported the chief minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy. The Economist, "India’s ruling party keeps on winning seats, even after the elections," 25 July 2019 Comedian, writer and activist Jon Stewart last month gave an impassioned speech during a hearing on Capitol Hill criticizing lawmakers for not passing the bill to reauthorize the fund sooner. Editors, USA TODAY, "Britain's new prime minister, first responder vote, Justice Stevens' funeral: 5 things to know Tuesday," 23 July 2019 At the end of the play, everything after the final battle, is replaced by an impassioned, poetic speech about the politics of power written and performed by Jamey Williams, who playfully portrays Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Macbeth’ in SF gets stunning update, with mixed results," 19 July 2019 Stewart last month gave an impassioned speech during a hearing on Capitol Hill criticizing lawmakers for not passing the bill to reauthorize the fund sooner. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'It's absolutely outrageous': Jon Stewart slams Rand Paul for delaying 9/11 first responder bill," 17 July 2019 The committee Díaz was chairing in the council was subsequently dissolved, with Torres making an impassioned speech on the council floor condemning his colleague's comments before the vote to dissolve the committee. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Conservative Democrat and young gay politician fight over open House seat," 16 July 2019 Check out Gaga's full, impassioned speech outside of Stonewall below. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Tells LGBTQ Community 'I Would Take a Bullet For You' In Fiery Speech at Stonewall," 28 June 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of impassioned

: showing very strong feeling an impassioned speech

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