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passionate

[pash-uh-nit] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪt/
adjective
1.
having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid:
a passionate advocate of socialism.
2.
easily aroused to or influenced by sexual desire; ardently sensual.
3.
expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional:
passionate language.
4.
intense or vehement, as emotions or feelings:
passionate grief.
5.
easily moved to anger; quick-tempered; irascible.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1, 3–5. cool, calm.
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British Dictionary definitions for un passionate

passionate

/ˈpæʃənɪt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
passionately, adverb
passionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un passionate

passionate

adj.

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.

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