Definition of passionate in English:



  • 1Showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief.

    ‘passionate pleas for help’
    ‘he's passionate about football’
    • ‘Mr Merchant, 41, is passionate about football and gets a real kick out of seeing the children in his club succeed.’
    • ‘A focussed mind and a strong will to win always make me passionate about motor racing.’
    • ‘They are so passionate about their football and it is beginning to show in the quality of the players.’
    • ‘For the future of Bradford lets hope the people can be as passionate about their city as their football team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Outside work, Mr Ainley has always been passionate about sport, especially football and golf.’
    • ‘He was passionate about the craft and had a keen interest in encouraging young people to get in involved in it.’
    • ‘Let me give a background as to why I am so passionate about the issue.’
    • ‘She is a keen photographer, is a big fan of basketball and is passionate about deep sea diving.’
    • ‘Cromwell is as passionate about his art as he is about his political beliefs.’
    • ‘He was so passionate about his job and supporting fair trade.’
    • ‘He was very passionate about the game of hurling and remained a loyal follower of the black and amber of his native Kilkenny.’
    • ‘She is equally passionate about cooking, and has co-authored a book on royal cuisine with her husband.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unaipon was a strong advocate of education just as I am passionate about educating people through art.’
    • ‘It is unusual for a footballer to be so passionate about playing for his country.’
    • ‘Are we going to hear fire emanating from the president on the issues he's most passionate about?’
    • ‘Football ran through his veins and he was very passionate about it.’
    • ‘Most people who are passionate about football would say that, I think.’
    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
    very keen on, very enthusiastic about, addicted to, devoted to, infatuated with
    excitable, emotional, intense, fiery, volatile, mercurial, quick-tempered, hot-headed, highly strung, hot-blooded, impulsive, temperamental, tempestuous, dramatic, melodramatic
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    1. 1.1 Showing or caused by intense feelings of sexual love.
      ‘a passionate kiss’
      • ‘The focus of the narrative is on the life of an architect and a bank officer who get married after a passionate love affair.’
      • ‘Adventure seekers are likely to have many intense and passionate affairs.’
      • ‘All the world needs to know is that the two lovers were in love and they made passionate love to each other.’
      • ‘I've been seeing a woman for over a year, and we share an exciting and passionate love life.’
      • ‘Well it's not like we have to be in some kind of passionate love embrace, right?’
      • ‘Many in our society make the mistake of equating love with passionate love.’
      • ‘We met and fell in love and had a torrid passionate affair.’
      • ‘At first the kiss was simple and slow, but soon it became more passionate, full of love and promise.’
      • ‘Theories of intimate relationships in the modern world view passionate love as a problem to be managed.’
      • ‘The passionate love between Heloise and her teacher would cost him dearly.’
      • ‘We ended up going back upstairs and making passionate love again.’
      • ‘Also, when she's making a movie, which involves passionate love scenes, he's deeply suspicious.’
      • ‘The pair escape to his rooftop garret and, free from the cares of the world, begin a passionate love affair.’
      • ‘We were with nature, making mad passionate love in the long grass.’
      • ‘I had to try to put my intense passionate love for him to the side and be his friend.’
      • ‘They then shared a passionate kiss that only two people truly in love could share.’
      • ‘Haylee wrapped her arms around his neck, making the kiss more intense and passionate.’
      • ‘A passionate love affair ensues between the pair, which has doom written all over it.’
      • ‘Extremely passionate, sexual fulfilment is very important to you.’
      • ‘One day, their passions overcame them and they took off for her house, where they made passionate love all afternoon.’
      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).