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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But the news has elicited a passionate reaction from sellers and buyers alike on Twitter and on a Q&A about the announcement on the Etsy forums, which has currently garnered over 1,300 replies. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Etsy sellers aren’t happy with the platform pushing them to offer free shipping," 9 July 2019 Our staff is amazing, engaged and so passionate about that restaurant, and our loyal regulars are the best around. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Innovative Minneapolis restaurant Corner Table to shutter at the end of July," 5 July 2019 View this post on Instagram just wanna say thank you to all these talented, passionate, relentlessly hard working people who make this happen!!!! Alejandra Salazar,, "Fans Are Shipping Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Hard Thanks To Their Hot New Video," 25 June 2019 But there's more—for all the passionate animal lovers who decide to donate, Ikea will be hosting adoption days, with the intention to try and help these animals find their forever home. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Ikea Location Will Take Your Old Linens to Help Out Animal Shelters," 25 June 2019 Of course, there’s little else like Wildermiss in Colorado at the moment — melodic and guitar-driven, slick and passionate, rhythmically sophisticated yet happy to flex its mastery of song-building basics. John Wenzel, The Know, "Exclusive: Wildermiss reveals new album, video for “Hell or High Water”," 14 June 2019 The world's first international football match -- a men's game -- took place in 1872 between the two countries, and England vs. Scotland remains as passionate as ever, whatever the sport. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "England v Scotland: Women's World Cup set to host one of the biggest rivalries in sport," 9 June 2019 In my opinion, the Sansa Hive is the most passionate (and therefore the scariest) of all the Game of Thrones fandoms. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Sansa Stark Is the Real Queen We Deserved on Game of Thrones," 20 May 2019 During the following night’s performance, Zula notices Wiktor’s empty seat and winces at the absence. The leading duo’s love for each other is vivid, passionate, at times borderline hysterical, but how solid are its foundations? Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019

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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 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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