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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Successful call centers also have leaders who are truly passionate about their work—people who don’t want to coast but would rather dive in. Robert W. Bache, Forbes, 22 June 2022 McLarens have become far more passionate in behavior and appearance since the MP4-12C kicked off the company's contemporary incarnation in 2011. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 14 June 2022 Pérez-Moreno is most passionate about enterprise and narrative journalism. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 The initiative is an early intervention program led by Action for Children, one of the causes Kate is most passionate about, and aims to help young children build empathy. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 11 May 2022 According to information from the organization’s website, Drew was deeply passionate about music and on several occasions, made anonymous donations to Music on a Mission, a non-profit in his hometown. cleveland, 8 May 2022 Progressive are challenging incumbents everywhere but are particularly passionate about taking out Mr. Cuellar—the sole remaining pro-life Democrat in the House and a vocal supporter of border control. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Though board President Sheri Jesiel had little to say after the vote and the closed session, union President Susan Kinsman was passionate in her remarks after the meeting and in the closed session. Steve Sadin,, 12 Apr. 2022 He was tasked with diversifying the roster and became passionate about seeing more women in the role. Alexandra Irving, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of passionate

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

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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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