passionate

adjective
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

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Other Words from passionate

passionately adverb
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.
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Or contrast her passionate response to President Trump’s Oval Office address on The Wall with the official Chuck and Nancy American Gothic presentation. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is the Perfect Ideological Complement to President Trump," 11 Jan. 2019 Few designers elicit the kind of passionate responses that Slimane does, positive or negative. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Most-Viewed Collections of Spring 2019," 8 Oct. 2018 Outside polling stations, no single issue drew more passionate responses from voters across seven U.S. states than headline-making immigration controversies during the latest round of primary contests. Washington Post, "Immigration tops conflicting motivations for primary voters," 28 June 2018 All signs point to Roman Reigns defeating Lesnar and winning the title at this August’s SummerSlam in New York, which would certainly generate a passionate response from the crowd in Brooklyn. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Kenny Omega Finally Reaches NJPW’s Pinnacle With Win Over Okada," 13 June 2018 The comment had attracted quite a bit of attention on social media Thursday and elicited a passionate response from the White House. Author: Sonia Rao, Anchorage Daily News, "Samantha Bee apologizes for calling Ivanka Trump a vulgar word after White House condemnation," 1 June 2018 The youngest member of the Brown family speaks candidly about her personal life on social media and is particularly passionate about discussing mental health. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Gets Candid About Her Struggle With Depression," 28 Apr. 2019 Try it with your partner as a way to ease into a more passionate kiss. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Types of Kisses to Step Up Your Makeout Game," 9 Jan. 2019 And, since a lot of people have an even more passionate affair with Frisch's Coke with a shot of vanilla or cherry, the exact recipe is paramount, including the soft but crunchy ice, which no one has yet been heretical enough to change. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Polly Campbell: Coke back at Frisch's. Here's what it means," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of passionate

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

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passionate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of passionate

: having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs
: expressing or relating to strong sexual or romantic feelings

passionate

adjective
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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