One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make passionate.‘her body had once pleased and impassioned him’
emotional, heartfelt, wholehearted, full-hearted, from the heart, earnest, sincere, fervent, fervid, ardent, vehement, intense, burning, urgent, passionate, feverish, frantic, emotive, zealousView synonyms
- ‘As the French put it, ‘A passionate man impassions others.’’
- ‘They can encourage, impassion, give us courage in our opposition.’
- ‘‘It can really impassion employee-owners to get in the game,’ she says.’
- ‘But to energise and impassion the nation - well - who knows what it's going to take.’
- ‘He comes to impassion people with a surge toward hope, a dream of achieving against the odds, a vigor to take command of one's fate.’
Late 16th century: from Italian impassionnare, from im- (expressing intensive force) + passione ‘passion’, from Christian Latin passio (see passion).
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