(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. impassioned, vehement; irascible. See feeling, excitability, irascibility.Ant., disinterested, passive, dispassionate.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Excitable]
Syn. vehement, hotheaded, tempestuous; see excitable .
2. [Ardent]
Syn. intense, impassioned, ardent, loving, fervent, fervid, emotional, moving, inspiring, dramatic, melodramatic, Romantic, amorous, erotic, lustful, concupiscent, poignant, swelling, enthusiastic, eager, zealous, excited, stimuLating, wistful, stirring, thrilling, warm, burning, glowing, blazing, vehement, deep, affecting, eloquent, spirited, fiery, expressive, forceful, heated, hot, flaming, feverish, sultry, high-powered*, steamed-up*, horny*, steamy*, hot-blooded*; see also enthusiastic 2 , 3 , excited , exciting , stimuLating .
3. [Intense]
Syn. strong, vehement, violent; see intense .
Syn.- passionate implies strong or violent emotion, often of an impetuous kind [ a passionate rage ] ; impassioned suggests an expression of emotion that is deeply and sincerely felt [ an impassioned plea for tolerance ] ; ardent and fervent suggest a fiery or glowing feeling of eagerness, enthusiasm, devotion, etc. [ an ardent admirer, a fervent prayer ] ; fervid differs from fervent in often suggesting an outburst of intense feeling that is at a fever pitch [ a vengeful, fervid hatred ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. impassioned ardent, fervid, fervent, excited, burning, hot, fiery, heartfelt, eager, emotional, enthusiastic, vehement, vigorous.
2. lustful aroused, *turned on, desirous, *hot, *horny, erotic, amorous, libidinous, romantic, sensual.
ANT.: 1. apathetic, indifferent. 2. turned off
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Feeling or devoted to sexual love or desire: amative, amorous, concupiscent, erotic, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, libidinous, lustful, lusty, prurient, sexy. See SEX. 2. Fired with intense feeling: ardent, blazing, burning, dithyrambic, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, glowing, heated, hot-blooded, impassioned, perfervid, red-hot, scorching, torrid. See FEELINGS.

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