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1. Of, relating to, or filled with passion.
2. Grounded in or relating to emotion rather than intellect.


of, relating to, or due to passion or the passions
(Theology) a book recounting the sufferings of Christian martyrs or saints


(ˈpæʃ ə nl)

of, pertaining to, or marked by passion.
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It went through Saxon until she was as this instrument, swept with passional strains.
But this two-legged god-devil did not rage blindly and was incapable of passional heat.
Now, in such circumstances, James says, "our passional nature not only lawfully may but must decide a genuine option," since other avenues of resolution are blocked, and even refusing to decide will be a "passional" decision.
Writing briskly and unflinchingly--and well before September 11--he traces strains of political nationalism that have proved too elusive for ideology-driven analysts and passional celebrants.
Boiling blood, infantile squalling, schoolboy tears, cold chills, and furious resentment--Father of the Blues enacts on the representative body of its narrator a kind of blues-revolt, the passional crisis experienced by his fiercely assertive, upwardly mobile, yet grievously oppressed generation of young black Southern men.
The verbal narrative, however, seem curiously predictable and unsatisfactory in repetition, but the playing of the vibraphone itself is the image of art as the churning and redistributing of passional elements: obsession, engulfment, and control wreaked upon the instrument: the irony is that this musical frenzy is conveyed in words.
Those who shudder at the sight of Barry Sears's Mastering the Zone and Suzanne Somers's Get Skinny on Fabulous Food on today's bestseller lists should keep in mind that neither Walden nor Moby-Dick could boast sales anywhere near Sylvester Graham's Discourses on a Sober and Temperate Life or Marx Edgeworth Lazarus's Passional Hygiene and Natural Medicine: Embracing the Harmonies of Man with His Planet.
After discussing that "[a]s a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use," William James states that: "Our passional nature[s] [(i.
Though the description of impersonality in poetry as set forth by Eliot in the 1919 essay "Tradition and the Individual Talent" shows tentative acceptance of Aristotle's view of body-soul unity, which provides no analogy for poetry that, as it were, could reincarnate the poet's personality in the aspect of its passional experience, still the hint remains that as in Aristotle the mind, at least, may enjoy such perpetuation.
more passional movements of ecstatic dance, and to that he
The apostolic passional was enlarged by the addition of other saints' passions and lives by AElfric and by further homiletic, doctrinal, and devotional texts.
Instead, when Leonce chooses to rebuke his wife (presumably for her passional indifference to him), he employs a vernacular of "motherhood" to do so.