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OhMan

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English, AUS
What is the difference between impassioned and passionate? I'm not too clear on the difference, and a quick search on the internet seems to say that it is synonymous with passionate.

Also I encountered this word used against me in a negative context: "you seem just a tad impassioned", and I wasn't aware that being passionate was a negative trait.

I hope you folks can help me clear up my confusion!

Thanks in advance,
OhMan.
 
  • ><FISH'>

    Senior Member
    British English
    Impassioned - filled with passion. "I am passionate about English" = "I am impassioned with English". It's basically the same word in different ways.

    Perhaps the phrase you quoted meant more infatuation or obsession, which is often connected to passion.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    What is the difference between impassioned and passionate? I'm not too clear on the difference, and a quick search on the internet seems to say that it is synonymous with passionate.

    Also I encountered this word used against me in a negative context: "you seem just a tad impassioned", and I wasn't aware that being passionate was a negative trait.

    I hope you folks can help me clear up my confusion!

    Thanks in advance,
    OhMan.
    "You seem just a tad impassioned"---This means that you seem too emotional or perhaps angry when talking about a subject.
     
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