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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj passionate having or expressing strong emotions
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A Ruling Passion A Ruling Passion
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The Passion of our Lord The Passion of our Lord
Jesus of the Passion Jesus of the Passion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Passion fruits have a tranquilizing effect on the body
    • Passionate Capable or susceptible of passion, or of different passions; easily moved, excited or agitated; specifically, easily moved to anger; irascible; quick-tempered; as, a passionate nature. "Homer's Achilles is haughty and passionate ."
    • Passionate Characterized by passion; expressing passion; ardent in feeling or desire; vehement; warm; as, a passionate friendship. "The passionate Pilgrim."
    • Passionate Suffering; sorrowful.
    • Passionate To affect with passion; to impassion. "Great pleasure, mixed with pitiful regard,
      The godly king and queen did passionate ."
    • Passionate To express feelingly or sorrowfully.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A passionate kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute.
    • passionate To affect with passion; move to anger, hate, love, etc.
    • passionate To portray with natural emotion or passion; personate.
    • passionate Characterized by passion; exhibiting or expressing passion. Easily moved to vehement emotion, especially to anger; easily excited or agitated; also, exhibiting or feeling vehement emotion.
    • passionate Showing or exciting strong emotion; highly excited; vehement; warm.
    • passionate Swayed by love; consumed with passion.
    • passionate (d ) Emotional; susceptible.
    • passionate (e ) Changeful; capricious; of many moods.
    • passionate (f ) Compassionate.
    • passionate (g ) Sorrowful; pitiful.
    • passionate Synonyms Irritable, etc. (see irascible), hot-headed, hot, fiery, violent, choleric.
    • passionate Impassioned, ardent, fervent, glowing, burning, impetuous.
    • n passionate One who is strongly moved by passion, especially the passion of love.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the head chef at the United Nations, the president of Iceland eats fish every day for lunch. Additionally, the queen of Denmark has a taste for Japanese food, and Pres. Bill Clinton has a passion for chicken.
    • Passionate moved by passion: showing strong and warm feeling: easily moved to anger: intense
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”
  • Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    “It is the passions that do and undo everything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. passionatus,: cf. F. passionné,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. passio, passionispassus, pa.p. of pati, to suffer.


In literature:

The Revolution, which gave passion to his style, did not throw any passion into his countenance.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Once seated and secure, the passion seeks to satisfy itself; that is its business.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Consequently, he is restless, impulsive, excitable, passionate, a wanderer upon the earth.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The passion of the Father's heart shall become the passion of our hearts.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
Passionate appeals are made to the corpse: 'Arise!
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
They gave the man a suggestion of tremendous passionate impulse.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Men and their passions should stand outside in that sacred hour when a woman is at prayer.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Apparently his passions were not violent; perhaps they were restrained by his profound piety.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
This was the woman who inspired Sir Lucius Grafton with an ungovernable passion.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
His passion brimmed over.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
She was the passionate watcher, but he was the passionate performer.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
It seemed as though all that was honest in him was making one final appeal to the evil passions which swayed him.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
It marked an epoch in the history of his passion.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Both are passionate, but in different ways.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Both women strove hard to excite my passion.
"Tales from the German" by Various
He answered gently as a man sometimes does, of set purpose, to avoid falling into a passion.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
The clerics attempted to turn the warlike and passionate instincts of the time in the direction of spiritual things.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
She looked fatigued, as she often did after acting a long and passionate part.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The passion in her voice had been the passion of renunciation.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives

In poetry:

O the beating, breaking
Heart of things,
The pulse and passion—
How it sings.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Say that I seek Him
Only for love,
And welcome are tortures
My passion to prove.
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
Supposing a darling
Once happened to sin,
In a passionate space,
Would you carry her in—
"The Waterfall" by Henry Kendall
No one knows
The passion in my heart;
How I do regret it, for
My grief
Is known to me alone.
"No one knows" by Ki no Tsurayuki
But make my passion less--
Its burning purify;
And make it meet to bless
My spirit in the sky.
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
Beautiful, distant as a star she smiles down
In virgin silence on thy fevered passion.
Passion! She knows not what it means, in heavenly
Quiet reposing.
"Sapphics" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

I can't say that I have ever felt so passionate about something like I do about this event.
A corporate layoff prompts Amy Hansen to pursue her real passion — baking — which leads to opening up a one-of-a-kind sweets shop.
A Passionate Life by Desmond Seward Morrow, 202 pp.
Passion for theater shaped Charles Dickens .
She will also share her artistic talents and passion for art with the students.
Two women struggle against the limitations of 19th century society to pursue their common passion for fossil-hunting.
On May 4th there will be a very cool 3rd Annual event at the Rivers Edge for all the girls and women out there who are passionate about casting a fly.
Can you feel the fire and passion at the DNC.
Haverhill woman turns toy passion into money-maker.
Passion Pit plays with childlike enthusiasm.
Passion Pit performs Thursday at the Riverside Theater.
Coach Thomas' passion for crew began at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, where he rowed for legendary coach Charlie Butt.
Ellen Straus, a passionate environmentalist and co-owner of the first organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River, died on Saturday at her home in Marshall, Calif, north of San Francisco.
Bylsma, Fleury, Passion headline 2012 dais .
Wednesday's Break Room For 'Afternoon Shift': The Olivia Tremor Control, Passion Pit, and a tribute to the late Bill Doss .

In science:

Galois’s passionate words “je n’ai pas de temps” were applicable to him, he choose to concentrate on other things.
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
As successful as he has been for so many years, his continuing hard work and dedication reveals his genuine passion and love for mathematics.
On the Positive Mass, Penrose, an ZAS Inequalities in General Dimension
ACKNOWLEDGMENT We wish to acknowledge the passionate contributions of Francisco Esquembre and Fu-Kwun Hwang for their ideas, knowledge and insights in the co-creation of interactive digital media for education.
Leveraging on Easy Java Simulation tool and open source computer simulation library to create interactive digital media for mass customization of high school physics curriculum
Many great musicians often made little technical mistakes like a wrong note, a rushed note, etc. while their performances were filled with passion and can touch the heart and soul of their audience (which are what actually made them great).
Music in Terms of Science
Stachel (eds.), Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-a-Distance: Quantum Mechanical Studies for Abner Shimony, Volume Two.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Christian, J. (1999a), “Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-a-distance”, e-print quant-ph/9901008, to appear in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Furthermore it is usually expressed with great conviction or at least great passion.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Most of us will remember Sonia as a quiet colleague, sharing a real passion for the field to which she has contributed in her own discreet and elegant way.
The scientific work of Sonia Stanciu
Proponents are usually passionate in their support and sometimes virulent in their criticisms.
Open source software and peer review
Frank, Robert (1989) Passions within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions. W W Norton, New York.
Deviants' Dilemma - The Simulation
The standard work by Kent Beck is a well-written book; you could distinctly hear students talking about it passionately in lab sessions not long after it was made an additional but nonessential reading.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
Both Tom and Paneitz (who also died tragically, already as a graduate student) were students of Irving Segal at MIT, where Irving’s passion for all things conformal inspired them.
Future Directions of Research in Geometry: A Summary of the Panel Discussion at the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference
Wigner maintained his passion for this sub ject throughout his life.
Wigner's Last Papers on Spacetime Symmetries
III p. 14, p. 246, [100]) had some weaknesses pointed out by Roger (not Joseph) Liouville in a passionating discussion with Painlev´e in the Comptes Rendus (see Oeuvres vol.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
Aravind, Quantum Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-aDistance: Essays for Abner Shimony, eds. R. S.
Borromean Entanglement Revisited