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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1
Related formspas·sion·ate·ly, adverbpas·sion·ate·ness, nounnon·pas·sion·ate, adjectivenon·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbnon·pas·sion·ate·ness, nouno·ver·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveo·ver·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbo·ver·pas·sion·ate·ness, nounun·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveun·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbun·pas·sion·ate·ness, noun

Synonyms for passionate

Antonyms for passionate

1, 3–5. cool, calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for passionate

Contemporary Examples of passionate

Historical Examples of passionate

  • The girl's eyes met his with passionate sorrow in their misty deeps.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • We can expect from him new words or a new method in the painting of passionate desire.

  • This is the language of passionate exaggeration, one might say.

  • He had none of the direct, passionate, conscienceless resolution of Laertes.

  • She had come through so much that every nerve was crying in passionate protest.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for passionate



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

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