Definitions

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

  • adj. Capable of, having, or dominated by powerful emotions: a family of passionate personalities.
  • adj. Wrathful by temperament; choleric.
  • adj. Marked by strong sexual desire; amorous or lustful.
  • adj. Showing or expressing strong emotion; ardent: a passionate speech against injustice.
  • adj. Arising from or marked by passion: a teacher who is passionate about her subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic and/or sexual.
  • adj. Fired with intense feeling; ardent, blazing, burning.
  • n. A passionate individual.
  • v. To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable or susceptible of passion, or of different passions; easily moved, excited or agitated; specifically, easily moved to anger; irascible; quick-tempered.
  • adj. Characterized by passion; expressing passion; ardent in feeling or desire; vehement; warm.
  • adj. Suffering; sorrowful.
  • intransitive v. To affect with passion; to impassion.
  • intransitive v. To express feelingly or sorrowfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affect with passion; move to anger, hate, love, etc.
  • To portray with natural emotion or passion; personate.
  • Characterized by passion; exhibiting or expressing passion.
  • Showing or exciting strong emotion; highly excited; vehement; warm.
  • Swayed by love; consumed with passion.
  • (d ) Emotional; susceptible.
  • (e ) Changeful; capricious; of many moods.
  • (f ) Compassionate.
  • (g ) Sorrowful; pitiful.
  • Synonyms Irritable, etc. (see irascible), hot-headed, hot, fiery, violent, choleric.
  • Impassioned, ardent, fervent, glowing, burning, impetuous.
  • n. One who is strongly moved by passion, especially the passion of love.

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

  • adj. having or expressing strong emotions

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin passionatus, past participle of passionareĀ ("to be affected with passion"); see passion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You don't hear the term passionate conservative much anymore.

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  • Meanwhile, Mr. Christie is taking the same tact in what he described as a "passionate" relationship with Mr. Sweeney, who has the power to single-handedly block bills.

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  • XAYKAOTHAO: Pastor Suh says Gomes and Park may have been drawn to the North because of what he described as passionate prayers by defectors now living in the South, many of whom attend their small church.

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  • I also asked her if it wasn't really the responsibility of what she called the passionate majority within this religion to make their voices heard and she agreed with that.

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  • At Yale, he was a pre-med student before switching to economics because of what he described as a passionate interest in the way markets operate.

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  • It gives you the lay of the land, plus you can see the houseboats and their geraniums as well as all the Seine-level life (lovers in passionate embrace, jazz musicians using the acoustics under bridges for practicing, dog walkers, etc.)

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  • A Danielle Steel romance with a couple locked in passionate and semi-clothed embrace on the front cover.

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  • Do you find it hard to remain passionate instead of cynical sometimes?

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  • With such a successful first day sales, it is apparent that our fans remain passionate about the TWILIGHT SAGA and want to own a piece of the Edward and Bella story they have come to love.

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  • At other times, his long-pent bitterness found voice in passionate outbursts; for he had rubbed the world the wrong way and did not like the feel of it.

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