(obsolete, or, historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
* 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , ch. 1
Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
Something in which one is keenly interested.
* 1968 , Central States Archaeological Journal (volumes 15-16, page 154)
- The intoxication that they sought was that of ‘enthusiasm ’, of union with the god.
* 2012 , Nicholas Joll, Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (page 23)
- My main enthusiasm is attending and seeing the progress and interest of collectors, to meet old friends, and hopefully to make new friends.
- Other Adamsian enthusiasms included: fast cars; restaurants; Bach, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits;
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.