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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As Jaden, the talented and charismatic Jordan looks and acts like a real kid, at once self-absorbed and recklessly passionate. Noel Murray,, "Review: Awkward father-son bonding lacks punch in modest 'Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter'," 5 July 2018 Schumer urges Trump to tap Merrick Garland for Supreme Court » Barrett enjoys the widespread and often passionate support of colleagues stretching back to her days as a clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 20 years ago. Dan Hinkel,, "Potential Trump Supreme Court pick Barrett: Catholic Chicago judge stirs abortion debate," 5 July 2018 Now, with passionate Venus moving across this zone, a powerful bond is formed between romance and prosperity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 Fannon sees the My Virtual Armenia app as an exciting test case of what those passionate about cultural heritage preservation can do to capture the attention of a larger public. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia," 28 June 2018 Uferallee 23, 54492 Zeltingen-Rachtig, Zeltinger Hof Gasthaus des Rieslings This three-star hotel has a range of rooms (ask for the Spätburgunder), one of the best wine lists in Germany and a proprietor passionate about wine. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wine Destination Only the Pros Know," 27 June 2018 Libbie Custer is a compelling character, a fierce woman devoted to an unfaithful but passionate husband, who loves battle above all else. Sophie Haigney,, "‘The Removes,’ by Tatjana Soli," 21 June 2018 The March protests against gun violence involved students at thousands of schools from coast to coast; Wednesday's events were more modest in size, but still passionate. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""Stand for the Second": Students hold school walkouts for gun rights," 3 May 2018 Economist Films—the in-house film department at The Economist—is looking for a talented and passionate Junior Editor to join their busy, dynamic team of filmmakers. The Economist, "Job listing: Junior Editor with Economist Films," 24 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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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