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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
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  • "If I kill, it is for the sake of both of us," he said passionately.

    The Wizard H. Rider Haggard
  • "It's because I know it that I make the demand," he went on, passionately.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • To think of this love, so passionately pure, wasted on his own unworthiness.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • "I have no trade; I am no mechanic," broke in Paul passionately.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • He kissed her passionately, so that her half-written letter slid to the ground.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for passionately


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 passionately



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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