pas·​sion·​ate | \ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət \

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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Swift’s solo work found a small, yet passionate group of followers, as the songwriter distributed homemade CDs of his debut album, The Novelist. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 The Garden Walk typically attracts a passionate group of residents with green thumbs. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Club's walk puts Arlington Heights gardens on display as interest in gardening grows," 25 June 2018 But old habits die hard—the software maintained a small but passionate fanbase through it all. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 Abby is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, from physiology to teaching to cooking. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here’s Why I Don’t Follow 'What I Eat in a Day' Social Media," 2 Oct. 2018 Former vice president Joe Biden delivered an emotional and passionate eulogy at today's memorial service for Senator John McCain, who died of brain cancer at 81 on Saturday. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Joe Biden Gave an Incredibly Powerful Speech at John McCain’s Memorial," 30 Aug. 2018 The space is spotless, the equipment is all brand new, the workforce is mostly young and evidently passionate, there's a mix of computer people and car guys, and a frantic bustle fills the air. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 The last director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was John Holdren, a passionate advocate in the fight against climate change. David Meyer, Fortune, "'That's Not a Good Use of My Time:' Bill Gates Says He Turned Down a Job Offer From Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Peter Cheng While having the venerated food publication’s seal of approval on certain excursions is reassuring, more meaningful is having tours curated by a knowledgeable and passionate experts like Esparza. Peter Cheng, Los Angeles Magazine, "Mexican-Food Expert Bill Esparza Has Curated Cruise Excursions That Are a Gastronome’s Dream," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of passionate

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

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English Language Learners Definition of passionate

: having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs

: expressing or relating to strong sexual or romantic feelings


pas·​sion·​ate | \ˈpa-shə-nət \

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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