adjective Date: 1603 filled with passion or zeal ; showing great warmth or intensity of feeling Synonyms: impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression <
an impassioned plea for justice
. passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion <
a passionate denunciation
. ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm <
an ardent supporter of human rights
. fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal <
fervent good wishes
. fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion <
fervid love letters
. perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings <
perfervid expressions of patriotism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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