Passionate vs Intense – What’s the difference?

Passionate vs Intense - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between passionate and intense is that passionate is given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic and/or sexual while intense is strained; tightly drawn.

As a noun passionate is a passionate individual.
As a verb passionate is (obsolete) to fill with passion, or with another given emotion.




(en adjective )

  • Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic and/or sexual.
  • Fired with intense feeling; ardent, blazing, burning.
  • * Prior
  • Homer’s Achilles is haughty and passionate .
  • (obsolete) Suffering; sorrowful.
  • * 1596 , , II. i. 544:
  • She is sad and passionate at your highness’ tent.
  • * 1599 , , I. ii. 124:
  • Poor, forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus,


    * (fired with intense feeling) ardent, blazing, burning, dithyrambic, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, glowing, heated, hot-blooded, hotheaded, impassioned, perfervid, red-hot, scorching, torrid.


    (en noun )

  • A passionate individual.
  • Verb


  • (obsolete) To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xii:
  • Great pleasure mixt with pittifull regard, / That godly King and Queene did passionate […].
  • (obsolete) To express with great emotion.
  • * 1607 , , III. ii. 6:
  • Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands / And cannot passionate our tenfold grief / with folded arms.





  • Strained; tightly drawn.
  • Strict, very close or earnest.
  • Extreme in degree; excessive.
  • Extreme in size or strength.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=28, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= High and wet
    , passage=Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages.}}

  • Stressful and tiring.
  • Very severe.
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