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[im-pash-uh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill, or affect strongly, with intense feeling or passion; inflame; excite.
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Origin of impassion

From the Italian word impassionare, dating back to 1585–95. See im-1, passion
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Related Words for impassion

animate, electrify, enkindle, enliven, exalt, galvanize, heighten, incite, inflame, inform, inspire, inspirit, intensify, irritate, kindle, provoke, quicken, rouse, stir, thrill

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Historical Examples of impassion

  • Too, too prophetic did thy wild note swell, Impassion'd minstrel!

    The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White

    Henry Kirke White

British Dictionary definitions for impassion


  1. (tr) to arouse the passions of; inflame
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Word Origin and History for impassion


1590s, from Italian impassionare "to fill with passion," from im- "in, into" (see im-) + passione "passion," from Latin passionem (see passion). Related: Impassioned.

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