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Origin of impassioned

First recorded in 1595–1605; impassion + -ed2
Related formsim·pas·sioned·ly, adverbim·pas·sioned·ness, nounun·im·pas·sioned, adjectiveun·im·pas·sioned·ly, adverb

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

Origin of impassion

From the Italian word impassionare, dating back to 1585–95. See im-1, passion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. filled with passion; fiery; inflamedan impassioned appeal
Derived Formsimpassionedly, adverbimpassionedness, noun


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

c.1600, past participle adjective from 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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