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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or filled with passion.
  • n. A book of the sufferings of saints and martyrs.

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  • n. a book describing sufferings of martyrs
  • adj. characterized by passion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to passion or the passions; exciting, influenced by, or ministering to, the passions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to passion or the passions; influenced by passion; passionate.
  • n. Same as passionary.
  • n. A manuscript of the four Gospels, upon which the kings of England, from Henry I. to Edward VI., took the coronation oath.


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  • Yet it is now certain that most of our deeper feelings are superindividual, -- both those which we classify as passional, and those which we call sublime.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • What might be called passional sensibility -- desire, emotion, impulse -- is, like physical sensation, another indispensable factor in evolution; it is the special element in the development of the animal kingdom as well as of the less evolved portion of the human kingdom.

    Reincarnation A Study in Human Evolution

  • -- a sudden wakening of that inherited composite memory which is more commonly called passional affinity. '

    Sally of Missouri

  • But this two-legged god-devil did not rage blindly and was incapable of passional heat.


  • Saxon until she was as this instrument, swept with passional strains.


  • Yes, 20 years of fantasies of breaking through that Vulcan reserve and being swept up into a passional Vulcan embrace.

    Six weird things

  • Of Byron the passional man, we know nearly everything, while of Shakespeare's inwardness we know nothing.

    Pilgrim to Eros

  • She brought forth names from the family passional, the book of special suffering, and we paused and thought.


  • Through such experiences and spectacles, the modern, detached, moderate rationality of the narrator, and often the hero, is linked to a restored sensorial excitement, as the novel connects the reader vicariously to a passional self momentarily free from habitual restraint (although in practice, still carefully insulated from any action that would seriously offend conventional proprieties).

    Walter Scott, Politeness, and Patriotism

  • Other People's Words: From five to eight hours bodily contact in those magnetic elements which, when diverse in quantity and quality, produce physical attraction and passional love, promotes permanent unchange of individual electricities, and the absorption of each other's exhalation, leading directly to temperamental inadaptation, and to the married pair growing alike physically.

    Medical Common Sense and Plain Home Talk


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  • "It was only over time, Lynch writes—over the century roughly between 1750 and 1850—that reading became a “private and passional” activity, as opposed to a “rational, civic-minded” one." The New Yorker

    February 16, 2015

  • Usage on guitar (of all things).

    November 3, 2008