• WordNet 3.6
    • adj impassioned characterized by intense emotion "ardent love","an ardent lover","a fervent desire to change society","a fervent admirer","fiery oratory","an impassioned appeal","a torrid love affair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p. & a Impassioned Actuated or characterized by passion or zeal; showing warmth of feeling; ardent; animated; excited; as, an impassioned orator or discourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impassioned Actuated or animated by passion; expressive of passion or ardor of feeling; animated; excited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Impassioned moved by strong passion or feeling: animated: excited
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L.—L. in, in, passion-em, passion.


In literature:

She kept him standing for some moments impassively.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
The rains had been so heavy for some time before that the low-lands had become impassable swamps.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
She looked at him; a big tear was slowly rolling down the cheek of the impassive gentleman.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
Impatient he became, at times, with her impassiveness, and fretted by her coldness.
"The Hand But Not the Heart" by T. S. Arthur
Andrew's eyes rested impassively on their gambols.
"Uncle William" by Jennette Lee
The country was divided into squares, not by hedges but by impassable ditches.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
Why, so impassioned a man as the Professor himself cannot entirely recover.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
The Nile was falling fast, and an impassable rapid began to appear at Um Tiur, four miles north of the confluence.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
He is too glorious a personality not to have between him and the other animals a vast and impassable gulf.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
As he set the tray upon the small table, I noticed Pasquale look with some curiosity at my man's impassive face.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke

In poetry:

No more the sea of faces, turned to thine,
Swayed by impassioned word and breathless pause;
No more the triumph of thine art--no more
The thunder of applause.
"Sir Henry Irving" by Virna Sheard
And 'mid his fellows in those days of need,
Impassioned Jefferson burns like a sun,
The New World's Prophet of the New World's Creed--
Prophet and Priest in one!
"Arms And The Man - Heroes And Statesmen" by James Barron Hope
Such impassioned silence fills
All the hills
Burning with unflickering fire—
Such a blood-red splendor stains
The leaves' veins,
Life seems one fulfilled desire.
"Autumn Sadness" by Emma Lazarus
Now wendeth a procession, mournful, slow,
Sharp-lined athwart the sun that sets in red;
Upon the pyre they lay the Rajah low,
Impassive, mute - this is his final bed.
"The Burning-Ghauts at Benares" by Clark Ashton Smith
Full oft, the sad season of absence to charm,
To the rock or the dale she retir'd;
Where he told her the story, impassion'd and warm
That faithful affection inspir'd.
"Mary" by Thomas Gent
"Adam, where are you?"
God's hands
palpate darkness, the void
that is Adam's inattention,
his confused attention to everything,
impassioned by multiplicity, his despair.
"On A Theme" by Denise Levertov

In news:

Former employees, New London resident give impassioned testimony at NAACP meeting.
Former employees, New London resident give impassioned testimony at NAACP meeting Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper.
An Impassioned Pro-Israel Obama Speech at the UN.
CU's Hawkins makes impassioned statement about program.
Steny Hoyer Offers Impassioned Plea for DC Voting Rights.
'A Thousand Dreams': Impassioned in India.
Ron Paul's Surprisingly Lucid Solution to the Debt Ceiling Impasse.
Budget impasse leaves students, colleges in the lurch .
Stocks Lose Steam as Investors See Impasse In Debt Talks.
Unable to break the impasse in the labor talks themselves, the NHL and NHLPA Monday agreed to allow federal mediators to begin overseeing the process.
When I came to a financial impasse, I forgot about my manuscript and publishing until a friend sat next to me in church.
For some, I've written impassioned pleas urging voters to approve them.
ST MARYS — An Ohio Senator says while he is hopeful a deal will get done regarding Congress' impasse on raising the debt ceiling, any deal must include a cut in spending.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia 's prime minister resigned Tuesday to prevent what he called political turmoil amid an impasse with the country's president.
If they reach an impasse, what happens.

In science:

The impasse is not just for register-like constructions.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
To overcome the impasse, we pick a small open neighbourhood Vi ⊆ G/G00 of each zi .
Discrete subgroups of locally definable groups
Nevertheless, Wilson’s original idea of confinement on the lattice seems to be too nice to discard so easily. A long time ago, the author proposed a possible way out of the impasse .
A String Project in Multicolour QCD
However, a further fundamental part of quantum information physics provides a solution to this impasse.
Quantum Computing
However, by careful application of information theory one can find a way around this impasse.
Quantum Computing