- 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
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Examples from the Web for passionately
So what piece could have so passionately enraged this caller that I was marked for death?A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
The pair came off, for all intents and purposes, as passionately opinionated amateurs on the subject at hand.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
Although he is passionately pro-life, he has expressed openness to civil unions in the past.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)
October 15, 2014
The debate was as diverse and the opinions as passionately held as ever.Rosie Returns to 'The View': A Bold, Intelligent, and Sometimes Boring Premiere
September 15, 2014
He then might have kept himself from becoming the very thing he so passionately denounced.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband
September 10, 2014
Suppose a man hopelessly separated from one whom he passionately loves.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He could never accept it, desire it as passionately as he might—and did.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Molly came forward, and threw her arms about him passionately.Meadow Grass
Among them was the practice of hunting, of which she was passionately fond.
And at last throwing her arms round Benedetta, she kissed her passionately.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desirea passionate lover
- capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotiona passionate plea
- easily roused to anger; quick-tempered
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.