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[pash-uh-nit] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪt/
having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid:
a passionate advocate of socialism.
easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire; ardently sensual.
expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional:
passionate language.
intense or vehement, as emotions or feelings:
passionate grief.
easily moved to anger; quick-tempered; irascible.
Origin of passionate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1
Related forms
passionately, adverb
passionateness, noun
nonpassionate, adjective
nonpassionately, adverb
nonpassionateness, noun
overpassionate, adjective
overpassionately, adverb
overpassionateness, noun
unpassionate, adjective
unpassionately, adverb
unpassionateness, noun
1. excitable, emotional, impulsive, zealous. 1, 3, 4. ardent, impassioned, excited, fervent, warm, enthusiastic, earnest, glowing, burning, fiery; animated, impetuous, violent. 5. testy, choleric, hasty, short-tempered, fiery, hotheaded.
1, 3–5. cool, calm. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The girl's eyes met his with passionate sorrow in their misty deeps.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • We can expect from him new words or a new method in the painting of passionate desire.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • This is the language of passionate exaggeration, one might say.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • He had none of the direct, passionate, conscienceless resolution of Laertes.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • She had come through so much that every nerve was crying in passionate protest.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for passionate


manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desire: a passionate lover
capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotion: a passionate plea
easily roused to anger; quick-tempered
Derived Forms
passionately, adverb
passionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for passionate

early 15c., "angry; emotional," from Medieval Latin passionatus "affected with passion," from Latin passio (genitive passionis) "passion" (see passion). Specific sense of "amorous" is attested from 1580s. Related: Passionately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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