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  1. of, relating to, or marked by passion.
  2. caused or accompanied by passion: a passional crime.
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  1. a book containing descriptions of the sufferings of saints and martyrs, for reading on their festivals.
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Origin of passional

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnālis, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ālis -al1; (noun) < Medieval Latin passiōnāle, noun use of neuter of passiōnālis
Related formstrans·pas·sion·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of passional

  • Let us now pass to that part of the soul that is called the "passional" (or, affective).

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2

    Plotinos (Plotinus)

  • Passional changes in body, not in passional part of soul, iii.

  • And so she sacrificed her “passional” nature to her moral ideal.

  • Hervieu's heroine is passional, and it accounts for her lapse.


    James Huneker

  • There was a determined shackling of all the passional nature.

British Dictionary definitions for passional


  1. of, relating to, or due to passion or the passions
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  1. a book recounting the sufferings of Christian martyrs or saints
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