from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or filled with passion.
  • adjective Grounded in or relating to emotion rather than intellect.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a book describing sufferings of martyrs
  • adjective characterized by passion


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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.


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

    Pilgrim to Eros

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

    February 2007

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

    Six weird things

  • 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


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  • Usage on guitar (of all things).

    November 3, 2008

  • "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