pas·​sion·​ate·​ly ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət-lē How to pronounce passionately (audio)
: in a passionate manner:
: with great feeling and emotional intensity
Walt never ceased to be passionately loyal to his home town …Jonathan Franzen
Clyburn has argued passionately for lowering the prices of prison phone calls and extending broadband access to the poor.Brian Fung
He is filled with the rhetoric of dissent. He is passionately against war and passionately for peace.Leon Wieseltier
: with strong feelings of sexual desire
They fell passionately in love.

Examples of passionately in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kia has earned recognition as the stylist who passionately champions sustainability and empowers everyone to maximize their resources. Essence, 10 Sep. 2023 Winslet, who was not in attendance for the premiere, is another example of a talented actress seeking stories and passionately bringing them to audiences, and playing multiple roles in bringing them to life. Clayton Davis, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 Looking back, the two of us passionately believed that THE BLIND SIDE was a story that should be told. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Aug. 2023 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. Josie Howell |, al, 9 Aug. 2023 In a speech defending his actions, the president apologized but passionately defended himself from the accusations. Camilla Alcini, ABC News, 25 Aug. 2023 Kay Way felt and expressed herself passionately, not only about the analysis of nuclear data, but also about many issues of human fairness and social justice. Erica Huang, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2023 Death Rattle Dazzle’s future was also hinging upon its financing, and after watching Loretta’s lullaby, Cliff passionately defends the show to his mom and co-producer Donna, who was skeptical about the financial viability of a musical. Radhika Menon, ELLE, 15 Aug. 2023 Try to think of that the next time an artist challenges something passionately and everyone turns on them. Liza Lentini, Spin, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passionately was in the 15th century

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“Passionately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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