having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid: a passionate advocate of socialism.
easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire; ardently sensual.
expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional: passionate language.
intense or vehement, as emotions or feelings: passionate grief.
easily moved to anger; quick-tempered; irascible.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1

passionately, adverb
passionateness, noun
nonpassionate, adjective
nonpassionately, adverb
nonpassionateness, noun
overpassionate, adjective
overpassionately, adverb
overpassionateness, noun
unpassionate, adjective
unpassionately, adverb
unpassionateness, noun

1. excitable, emotional, impulsive, zealous. 1, 3, 4. ardent, impassioned, excited, fervent, warm, enthusiastic, earnest, glowing, burning, fiery; animated, impetuous, violent. 5. testy, choleric, hasty, short-tempered, fiery, hotheaded.

1, 3–5. cool, calm. Unabridged
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passionate (ˈpæʃənɪt)
1.  manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desire: a passionate lover
2.  capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotion: a passionate plea
3.  easily roused to anger; quick-tempered

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "angry, emotional," from M.L. passionatus "affected with passion," from L. passio (gen. passionis) "passion" (see passion). Specific sense of "amorous" is attested from 1580s.
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Example sentences
It is exciting to work on a project with such passionate fans.
He has a degree in landscape architecture and is passionate about plants.
Levine told the nerds in attendance not to hide from the things they are
  passionate about.
He is very passionate about taking care of people.
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