One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of a person, disposition, etc.: not susceptible to or influenced by passion or strong emotion; calm, self-possessed; (less neutrally) unfeeling, bloodless.
2Of action, speech, etc.: not expressive of or characterized by strong emotion; (of an emotion or quality) rational, moderate.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Philip Sidney (1554–1586), author and courtier. From un- + passionate.
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