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[pash-uh-nit] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪt/
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.
Origin of passionate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin passiōnātus, equivalent to Late Latin passiōn- passion + Latin -ātus -ate1
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for passionate
  • 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.
  • She's extremely bright and passionate about what she does.
  • Tell me what you're passionate about.
  • It is a slightly obscure subject, perhaps, but the attendees are passionate.
  • Most are passionate about photography.
  • These days Page's relationship with the cat family, never passionate, is tinged with fear.
  • Some of the most passionate photographers are the ones that use their talent to work through the unknowable.
British Dictionary definitions for passionate


manifesting or exhibiting intense sexual feeling or desire: a passionate lover
capable of, revealing, or characterized by intense emotion: a passionate plea
easily roused to anger; quick-tempered
Derived Forms
passionately, adverb
passionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for passionate

early 15c., "angry; emotional," from Medieval Latin passionatus "affected with passion," from Latin passio (genitive passionis) "passion" (see passion). Specific sense of "amorous" is attested from 1580s. Related: Passionately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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