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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After hours of passionate testimony, the panel voted XX to XX to adopt the plan., "Governor, environmental groups rip Oregon’s new wolf plan," 8 June 2019 Yen has been passionate for years about ensuring women have access to birth control. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "This startup brings birth control to your doorstep, with or without insurance," 6 June 2019 Jimmy’s is owned by John Minadakis, a community leader in Maryland who is passionate about giving back. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Becky Lynch Not Satisfied With Just One Main Event," 5 June 2019 The Loveland Legacy Foundation, passionate about preserving our founding families’ place of rest, has partnered the Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association to restore the historic Loveland landmark. Rob Geiger/share,, "Loveland Legacy Foundation partners with Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery to get last of funding," 4 June 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Nosrat, who is Iranian-American, has also long been passionate about increasing diversity in the food industry, and bringing opportunities to other brown chefs. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "One Taste Samin Nosrat Would Give Up If She Absolutely Had to Live Without It," 23 Apr. 2019 Marris Adikwu is a freelance writer passionate about culture. Marris Adikwu, Glamour, ""Will You Be My...Godparent?" How a Religious Rite of Passage Swept Social Media," 2 Apr. 2019 Patients and staff describe Dr. Carmichael as passionate about her work, soft-spoken and considerate, and funny. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Judging from Moore's on-air conversation with Colbert, the film could be one of his most politically passionate works ever. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Michael Moore will take on Donald Trump in new film 'Fahrenheit 11/9'," 29 June 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 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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