from The American Heritage® 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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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