pas·​sion·​ate | \ ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce passionate (audio) \

Definition of passionate

1a : easily aroused to anger a passionate but not a vicious boy— H. E. Scudder
b : filled with anger : angry was passionate in her defense of her cub, and rage transformed her— G. D. Brown
2a : capable of, affected by, or expressing intense feeling a passionate performance a passionate coach
b : enthusiastic, ardent is passionate about basketball
3 : swayed by or affected with sexual desire a passionate love affair

Other Words from passionate

passionateness noun

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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 passionate in a Sentence

He gave a passionate speech on tax reform. She has a passionate interest in animal rights. She is passionate about art. We were moved by his passionate plea for forgiveness.
Recent Examples on the Web As a dietitian and working mother, Stefani Sassos is passionate about putting healthy meals on the table for her and her family without having to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Good Housekeeping, 15 Sep. 2022 The sibling duo — who, along with art, are passionate about opera — have no plans to part with their pens and paintbrushes anytime soon. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Raised in Miami, Hale is intimately aware of the dangers that climate change poses to coastal cities and is passionate about reporting on the environment through the lenses of equity and justice. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2022 Both Ashley and Peyton are passionate about helping the less fortunate. Staff Author Published, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Eileen and Alice are passionate about, and intensely committed to, their friendship--but. Vogue, 12 Sep. 2022 People tend to be passionate about their denim, and designer Elena Bonvicini is no exception. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Aug. 2022 In Brazil, Rio Encantos is a network of guides and partner agencies that is passionate about amplifying the country’s African and Indigenous legacies, from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo to Minas Gerais. Marjua Estevez,, 24 Aug. 2022 Humphries is passionate about fashion and style, and started designing his clothing line, Le Ann Dotti, in 2018. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of passionate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pas·​sion·​ate | \ ˈpa-shə-nət How to pronounce passionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of passionate

1 : showing or affected by strong feeling a passionate performance "Not like cats!" cried the Mouse in a shrill, passionate voice. "Would YOU like cats if you were me?"— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
2 : easily caused to feel strong emotions a passionate person

Other Words from passionate

passionately adverb

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