Definition of passionate
1a : easily aroused to anger a passionate but not a vicious boy — H. E. Scudderb : filled with anger : angry was passionate in her defense of her cub, and rage transformed her — G. D. Brown
3 : swayed by or affected with sexual desire a passionate love affair
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 of passionate from the Web
Everyone from Square Enix to Blizzard to Nintendo (especially Nintendo) has sent cease-and-desist letters to passionate fans over games based on the companies' popular properties.
These were passionate individuals who sought us out for the opportunity to stage at The Willows Inn.
The crowd applauded, as people passionate enough about a politician to attend a rally are wont to do.
San Diego Convention Center, 111 Harbor Dr., downtown Unconditional Surrender, J. Seward Johnson Towering 25 feet above harbor visitors, this iconic sculpture depicts a World War II-era sailor and nurse in a passionate embrace and kiss.
Orear said Hodgkinson was a passionate progressive and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others.
That immediately raised the prospect of a calendar clash for the queen, a passionate horse-racing enthusiast.
Rachel is, of course, more than a match for the passionate and well-meaning but ultimately callow Philip.
Ahlquist’s campaign hopes to see the race come down to a choice between Ahlquist and Labrador, whose supporters are passionate but to the right of the Republican mainstream, and geographically concentrated in western Idaho.
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Synonym Discussion of passionate
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
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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