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Language tip of the week: showing strong feelings

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at some adjectives you can use to talk about showing strong feelings:



emotional showing strong emotions or causing strong emotions:
It was a very emotional reunion. ♦ He is unpredictable and prone to sudden emotional outbursts.
impassioned showing a lot of emotion, because you have very strong feelings about something:
an impassioned plea for tolerance
Impassioned is used to describe the way people speak or write:
an impassioned argument/defence/speech
passionate showing or expressing strong emotions:
I feel very passionate about this subject. passionate hatred/love
intense feeling and showing emotions in a very strong way:
Some people find her hard to get along with because she is so intense. ♦ an intense person/personality/nature

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘showing strong feelings‘.

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