Definition of passionate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæʃənət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæʃənət//
    Romance, Job skills and personal qualities, Love
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  1. 1having or showing strong feelings of sexual love or of anger, etc. to have a passionate nature Wordfinderaffair, date, go out with somebody, jealous, love, marriage, partner, passionate, relationship, romantic See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2having or showing strong feelings of enthusiasm for something or belief in something a passionate interest in music a passionate defender of civil liberties See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the senses ‘easily moved to passion’ and ‘enraged’): from medieval Latin passionatus ‘full of passion’, from passio (chiefly a term in Christian theology), from Latin pati ‘suffer’.Extra examples He makes no secret of his passionate commitment to the nationalist cause. His guitar playing was passionate and extremely skilful. She is passionate about her work. She was a passionate defender of civil liberties. a passionate kiss/​embrace/​affair/​lover a passionate speech/​sincerity/​attachment/​belief/​commitment/​conviction a passionate supporter/​defender of something passionate love/​feelings
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