Definition of passionate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpaSH(ə)nət/


1Showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief: passionate pleas for help he’s passionate about football
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  • Mr Merchant, 41, is passionate about football and gets a real kick out of seeing the children in his club succeed.
  • They are so passionate about their football and it is beginning to show in the quality of the players.
  • Most people who are passionate about football would say that, I think.
intense, impassioned, ardent, fervent, vehement, heated, emotional, heartfelt, eager, excited, animated, adrenalized, spirited, energetic, fervid, frenzied, fiery, wild, consuming, violent
literary perfervid
very keen on, very enthusiastic about, addicted to
informal mad about, crazy about, hooked on, nuts about, nutso for
excitable, emotional, fiery, volatile, mercurial, quick-tempered, high-strung, impulsive, temperamental
1.1Showing or caused by intense feelings of sexual love: a passionate kiss
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  • The focus of the narrative is on the life of an architect and a bank officer who get married after a passionate love affair.
  • The pair escape to his rooftop garret and, free from the cares of the world, begin a passionate love affair.
  • A passionate love affair ensues between the pair, which has doom written all over it.
amorous, ardent, hot-blooded, aroused, loving, sexy, sensual, erotic, lustful
informal steamy, hot, red-hot, turned on



Example sentences
  • In this sense, moral consciousness is fully compatible with the passionateness of being, and the exercise of the intellect joins each to each.


Late Middle English (also in the senses 'easily moved to passion' and 'enraged'): from medieval Latin passionatus 'full of passion', from passio (see passion).

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Syllabification: pas·sion·ate

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