passionate

[ pash-uh-nit ]
/ ˈpæʃ ə nɪt /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. passion play,
  2. passion sunday,
  3. passion week,
  4. passional,
  5. passionary,
  6. passionately,
  7. passionflower,
  8. passionfruit,
  9. passionist,
  10. passionists

Origin of passionate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for passionate

passionate

/ (ˈpæʃənɪt) /

adjective

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
Derived Formspassionately, adverbpassionateness, noun

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Word Origin and History for passionate

passionate

adj.

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.

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