passionate

passionate
pas|sion|ate [ˈpæʃənıt] adj
1.) showing or involving very strong feelings of sexual love
He had a brief but passionate love affair with an older woman.
a very passionate young man
a passionate lover
a passionate kiss
2.) someone who has a passionate belief believes something very strongly
a passionate supporter of women's rights
He had a passionate belief in justice.
3.) if you are passionate about something, you like it a lot
She developed a passionate interest in wild flowers.
passionate about
I've always been passionate about football.
>passionately adv
He kissed her passionately.
Peter is passionately involved in environmental issues.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Passionate — Pas sion*ate, a. [LL. passionatus: cf. F. passionn[ e].] 1. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • passionate — [pash′ə nit] adj. [ME passionat < ML passionatus] 1. having or showing strong feelings; full of passion 2. easily angered; hot tempered 3. resulting from, expressing, or tending to arouse strong feeling; ardent; intense; impassioned [a… …   English World dictionary

  • passionate — [adj1] sensual, desirous amorous, ardent, aroused, concupiscent, desirous, erotic, heavy*, hot*, lascivious, libidinous, loving, lustful, prurient, romantic, sexy, steamy*, stimulated, sultry, turned on*, wanton, wistful; concept 372 Ant. cold,… …   New thesaurus

  • Passionate — Pas sion*ate, v. i. 1. To affect with passion; to impassion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Great pleasure, mixed with pitiful regard, The godly kind and queen did passionate. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To express feelingly or sorrowfully. [Obs.] Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • passionate — index demonstrative (expressive of emotion), eager, ecstatic, fanatical, fervent, hot blooded, impulsive (rash) …   Law dictionary

  • passionate — (adj.) mid 15c., angry, emotional, from M.L. passionatus affected with passion, from L. passio (gen. passionis) passion (see PASSION (Cf. passion)). Specific sense of amorous is attested from 1580s. Related: Passionately …   Etymology dictionary

  • passionate — impassioned, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid Analogous words: intense, vehement, fierce, violent: impetuous, headlong, *precipitate, abrupt: excited, quickened, stimulated (see PROVOKE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • passionate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing or caused by passion. DERIVATIVES passionately adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • passionate — [[t]pæ̱ʃənət[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A passionate person has very strong feelings about something or a strong belief in something. ...his passionate commitment to peace... I m a passionate believer in public art... He is very passionate about the… …   English dictionary

  • passionate */ — UK [ˈpæʃ(ə)nət] / US adjective 1) a) showing or expressing strong beliefs, interest, or enthusiasm He has a passionate interest in music. She has sometimes been criticized for her passionate opposition to abortion. passionate about: She was… …   English dictionary

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