Definition of passionate in English:



  • 1Having, showing, or caused by strong feelings or beliefs.

    ‘passionate pleas for help’
    ‘he's passionate about football’
    • ‘For the future of Bradford lets hope the people can be as passionate about their city as their football team.’
    • ‘He was so passionate about his job and supporting fair trade.’
    • ‘Let me give a background as to why I am so passionate about the issue.’
    • ‘That will come as a relief to Giffard, who is as passionate about the rule of law as he is a supporter of countryside sports.’
    • ‘She is a keen photographer, is a big fan of basketball and is passionate about deep sea diving.’
    • ‘He is passionate about Castle Howard as a subject and keen to tackle it from all angles, from classical to abstract and modern styles.’
    • ‘It's really impressive the way they support the team and are so passionate about the club.’
    • ‘Cromwell is as passionate about his art as he is about his political beliefs.’
    • ‘Football ran through his veins and he was very passionate about it.’
    • ‘Are we going to hear fire emanating from the president on the issues he's most passionate about?’
    • ‘Outside work, Mr Ainley has always been passionate about sport, especially football and golf.’
    • ‘She is equally passionate about cooking, and has co-authored a book on royal cuisine with her husband.’
    • ‘A focussed mind and a strong will to win always make me passionate about motor racing.’
    • ‘It is unusual for a footballer to be so passionate about playing for his country.’
    • ‘He was passionate about the craft and had a keen interest in encouraging young people to get in involved in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unaipon was a strong advocate of education just as I am passionate about educating people through art.’
    • ‘He was very passionate about the game of hurling and remained a loyal follower of the black and amber of his native Kilkenny.’
    • ‘Most people who are passionate about football would say that, I think.’
    very keen on, very enthusiastic about, addicted to, devoted to, infatuated with
    intense, impassioned, ardent, fervent, zealous, vehement, fiery, heated, feverish, emotional, heartfelt, eager, excited, animated, spirited, vigorous, strong, energetic, messianic, fanatical, frenzied, wild, fierce, consuming, violent, tumultuous, flaming, raging, burning, uncontrollable, ungovernable
    excitable, emotional, intense, fiery, volatile, mercurial, quick-tempered, hot-headed, highly strung, hot-blooded, impulsive, temperamental, tempestuous, dramatic, melodramatic
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    1. 1.1Arising from intense feelings of sexual love.
      ‘a passionate kiss’
      • ‘One day, their passions overcame them and they took off for her house, where they made passionate love all afternoon.’
      • ‘Theories of intimate relationships in the modern world view passionate love as a problem to be managed.’
      • ‘I had to try to put my intense passionate love for him to the side and be his friend.’
      • ‘A passionate love affair ensues between the pair, which has doom written all over it.’
      • ‘Also, when she's making a movie, which involves passionate love scenes, he's deeply suspicious.’
      • ‘All the world needs to know is that the two lovers were in love and they made passionate love to each other.’
      • ‘Well it's not like we have to be in some kind of passionate love embrace, right?’
      • ‘We met and fell in love and had a torrid passionate affair.’
      • ‘Haylee wrapped her arms around his neck, making the kiss more intense and passionate.’
      • ‘We were with nature, making mad passionate love in the long grass.’
      • ‘The pair escape to his rooftop garret and, free from the cares of the world, begin a passionate love affair.’
      • ‘The focus of the narrative is on the life of an architect and a bank officer who get married after a passionate love affair.’
      • ‘We ended up going back upstairs and making passionate love again.’
      • ‘Extremely passionate, sexual fulfilment is very important to you.’
      • ‘Adventure seekers are likely to have many intense and passionate affairs.’
      • ‘Many in our society make the mistake of equating love with passionate love.’
      • ‘At first the kiss was simple and slow, but soon it became more passionate, full of love and promise.’
      • ‘The passionate love between Heloise and her teacher would cost him dearly.’
      • ‘I've been seeing a woman for over a year, and we share an exciting and passionate love life.’
      • ‘They then shared a passionate kiss that only two people truly in love could share.’
      amorous, ardent, hot-blooded, red-blooded, warm-blooded, aroused, loving, on fire, sexy, sensual, erotic, lustful, sultry, torrid
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Late Middle English (also in the senses ‘easily moved to passion’ and ‘enraged’): from medieval Latin passionatus full of passion, from passio (see passion).