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

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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First Known Use of passionate

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

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“Passionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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