Definition of passionate
- a passionate but not a vicious boy
- —H. E. Scudder
- was passionate in her defense of her cub, and rage transformed her
- —G. D. Brown
- a passionate performance
- a passionate coach
- a passionate love affair
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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ardent, blazing, burning, charged, demonstrative, emotional, fervent, fervid, feverish, fiery, flaming, glowing, hot-blooded, impassioned, incandescent, intense, passional, perfervid, red-hot, religious, torrid, vehement, warm, warm-blooded;
: having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs
: expressing or relating to strong sexual or romantic feelings
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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