impassioned support= passionate support?

fatbaby

Senior Member
China Chinese
Hi,
I was reading a piece of news from Voice of America about Mike Huckabee Governor of Arkansas .Quote is:
Once considered a fringe candidate, Huckabee surged for a number of reasons. And one that's often cited is the impassioned support he received from thousands of Iowa home schoolers.
My question is ,after looking into my Collins dictionary,impassioned = passionate? Can I replace impassioned above with passionate without changing meanings?
Thanks!
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Yes, you could certainly use "passionate" (and more people would likely understand the sentence). The use of "impassioned" has become somewhat rare and I would almost expect to see "passionate" in this paragraph rather than "impassioned".
     

    fatbaby

    Senior Member
    China Chinese
    Dimcl, thank you for your explanation.
    I'd like to know whether passionless is the antonym of both IMPASSIONED & PASSIONATE?
     
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