[ pash-uh-nit ]
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  1. having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid: a passionate advocate of socialism.

  2. easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire; ardently sensual.

  1. expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional: passionate language.

  2. intense or vehement, as emotions or feelings: passionate grief.

  3. easily moved to anger; quick-tempered; irascible.

Origin of passionate

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

Other words for passionate

Opposites for passionate

Other words from passionate

  • pas·sion·ate·ly, adverb
  • pas·sion·ate·ness, noun
  • non·pas·sion·ate, adjective
  • non·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun
  • o·ver·pas·sion·ate, adjective
  • o·ver·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun
  • un·pas·sion·ate, adjective
  • un·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun

Words Nearby passionate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use passionate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for passionate


/ (ˈpæʃənɪt) /

  1. manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desire: a passionate lover

  2. capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotion: a passionate plea

  1. easily roused to anger; quick-tempered

Derived forms of passionate

  • passionately, adverb
  • passionateness, noun

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