adjective pas·sion·ate \ ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of passionate

1 a : 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
2 a : 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





Examples of passionate in a Sentence

  1. He gave a passionate speech on tax reform.

  2. She has a passionate interest in animal rights.

  3. She is passionate about art.

  4. We were moved by his passionate plea for forgiveness.

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First Known Use of passionate

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Synonym Discussion of passionate

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

PASSIONATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of passionate for English Language Learners

  • : having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs

  • : expressing or relating to strong sexual or romantic feelings

PASSIONATE Defined for Kids


adjective pas·sion·ate \ ˈpa-shə-nət \

Definition of passionate for Students

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



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