Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Filled with passion; fervent: an impassioned plea for justice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Filled with intense emotion or passion; fervent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Actuated or characterized by passion or zeal; showing warmth of feeling; ardent; animated; excited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Actuated or animated by passion; expressive of passion or ardor of feeling; animated; excited.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by intense emotion

Etymologies

From impassion +‎ -ed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • English, stimulating his sexual desire to that fever-heat which they called impassioned living.

    The Brimming Cup

  • And Jobim s Retrato em Blanco E Preto, Inutil Paisaje, and Dindi are rendered in impassioned ballad, bossa nova-scat, and John Coltrane-ish settings.

    HW Pick: Magos Herrera, Luna Menguante Barluna «

  • So far Arabic metre is true to Nature: in impassioned speech the movement of language is iambic: we say “I will, I will,” not

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He blows up, and in impassioned language forswears and disowns Rosalia, the five children, and all memory of them and responsibility for them, forever and forever.

    Lawgivers

  • Nay, the members of a union will declaim in impassioned rhetoric for the

    The Scab

  • Nay, the members of a union will declaim in impassioned rhetoric for the God-given right of an eight-hour day, and at the time be working their own business against seventeen hours out of the twenty-four.

    The Scab

  • The word impassioned would seem misplaced, if applied to any of Mr. Emerson's orations.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The difficulty was that in impassioned moments the mustache was apt to get awry; and once or twice, while on his knees before Tina in tragical attitudes, this occurrence set her off into hysterical giggles, which spoiled the effect of the rehearsal.

    Oldtown Folks

  • The six senators met for dinner on Monday and their discussion was described as impassioned at times after Mr. Coburn came with new demands for $130 billion in additional reductions in Medicare spending over the coming decade.

    NYT > Home Page

  • (I pointed out the hypocrisy of "protecting marriage" when heterosexual divorce rates are at 50% and infertile couples get all the rights of marriage WITHOUT a child to "protect.") • And then, of course, there's the Bible (I thumped them over the head with their own Bible by reminding them of all the other things that Leviticus admionishes the faithful not to do and I called the impassioned religious listeners on their selective Bible-quoting hypocrisy).

    Gary Cohan: The Dangers of Outsourcing Activism: An Open Letter to Gay Civil Rights Advocates

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