Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic and/or sexual.
Fired with intense feeling; ardent, blazing, burning.
(obsolete) Suffering; sorrowful.
* 1596 , , II. i. 544:
- Homer's Achilles is haughty and passionate .
* 1599 , , I. ii. 124:
- She is sad and passionate at your highness' tent.
- Poor, forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus,
* (fired with intense feeling) ardent, blazing, burning, dithyrambic, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, glowing, heated, hot-blooded, hotheaded, impassioned, perfervid, red-hot, scorching, torrid.
A passionate individual.
(obsolete) To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xii:
(obsolete) To express with great emotion.
* 1607 , , III. ii. 6:
- Great pleasure mixt with pittifull regard, / That godly King and Queene did passionate [...].
- Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands / And cannot passionate our tenfold grief / with folded arms.
(of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
* 1882 , , "The Lady or the Tiger?":
* 1961 , , Catch-22 :
- He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
(of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.
* 1972 , Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
- She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
- The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996.