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Definition of "passionate" [pas•sion•ate]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "passionate" in a sentence
  • "You don't hear the term passionate conservative much anymore."
  • "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."
  • "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."