[ pash-uh-nit ]
/ ˈpæʃ ə nɪt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for passionately

/ (ˈpæʃənɪt) /


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 forms of passionate

passionately, adverbpassionateness, noun
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