- 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
Synonyms for passionate
Antonyms for passionate
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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