What does passionate mean?

Definitions for passionate
ˈpæʃ ə nɪtpas·sion·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. passionateadjective

    having or expressing strong emotions


  1. passionatenoun

    A passionate individual.

  2. passionateverb

    To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.

  3. passionateadjective

    Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic and/or sexual.

  4. passionateadjective

    Fired with intense feeling; ardent, blazing, burning.

  5. Etymology: From passionatus, past participle of passionare; see passion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Passionateadjective

    Etymology: passionné, French.

    My whole endeavour is to resolve the conscience, and to shew what, in this controversy, the heart is to think, if it will follow the light of sound and sincere judgment, without either cloud of prejudice or mist of passionate affection. Richard Hooker.

    Thucydides observes, that men are much more passionate for injustice than for violence; because the one coming as from an equal seems rapine; when the other proceeding from one stronger is but the effect of necessity. Edward Hyde.

    Good angels looked upon this ship of Noah’s with a passionate concern for its safety. Burnet.

    Men, upon the near approach of death, have been rouzed up into such a lively sense of their guilt, such a passionate degree of concern and remorse, that, if ten thousand ghosts had appeared to them, they scarce could have had a fuller conviction of their danger. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    ’s Achilles is haughty and passionate, impatient of any restraint by laws, and arrogant in arms. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Passionateverb

    An old word. Obsolete.

    Etymology: from passion.

    Great pleasure mix’d with pitiful regard,
    That godly king and queen did passionate,
    Whilst they his pitiful adventures heard,
    That oft they did lament his luckless state. Fairy Queen.

    Thy neice and I want hands,
    And cannot passionate our tenfold grief
    With folded arms. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.


  1. passionate

    Passion (Greek πάσχω "to suffer, to be acted on" and Late Latin (chiefly Christian) passio "passion; suffering" (from Latin pati "to suffer"; participle: passus)) is a term used to denote strong and intractable or barely controllable emotion or inclination with respect to a particular person or thing. Passion can range from eager interest in, or admiration for, an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person. It is particularly used in the context of romance or sexual desire, though it generally implies a deeper or more encompassing emotion than that implied by the term lust, often incorporating ideas of ecstasy and/or suffering. Denis Diderot (1713-1784) describes passions as "penchants, inclinations, desires and aversions carried to a certain degree of intensity, combined with an indistinct sensation of pleasure or pain, occasioned or accompanied by some irregular movement of the blood and animal spirits, are what we call passions. They can be so strong as to inhibit all practice of personal freedom, a state in which the soul is in some sense rendered passive; whence the name passions. This inclination or so-called disposition of the soul, is born of the opinion we hold that a great good or a great evil is contained in an object which in and of itself arouses passion".


  1. passionate

    Passionate refers to having or showing intense, strong enthusiasm or feelings about something or someone. It can involve strong emotions or intense desire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passionateadjective

    capable or susceptible of passion, or of different passions; easily moved, excited or agitated; specifically, easily moved to anger; irascible; quick-tempered; as, a passionate nature

  2. Passionateadjective

    characterized by passion; expressing passion; ardent in feeling or desire; vehement; warm; as, a passionate friendship

  3. Passionateadjective

    suffering; sorrowful

  4. Passionateverb

    to affect with passion; to impassion

  5. Passionateverb

    to express feelingly or sorrowfully

  6. Etymology: [LL. passionatus: cf. F. passionn.]


  1. Passionate

    Having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling; fervid.

Editors Contribution

  1. passionate

    To express with a passion.

    My sister is passionate about psychology, manifestations and creation of optimum health for all, global peace, harmony, balance and shared prosperity for all on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passionate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passionate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of passionate in a Sentence

  1. Sren Aaby Kierkegaard:

    If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility

  2. The Breakfast:

    I almost had to stifle a chuckle, because here we are after all these years, still so passionate. We’re the best of friends and we’re still so passionate enough to go at it just for a piece of music. That’s how much this still means to us.

  3. Christa Campbell:

    We've been lucky that we've gotten really, really great projects, you know, when we're passionate about something, we're passionate about it. So it comes from a gut feeling. If other people don't believe in it, we're like,' No, no, no, it's going to be great,' because you sort of get a vibe of what's current, what people want to see.

  4. William Butler Yeats:

    Things fall apart the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

  5. Oliver Bevan:

    Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. sought
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