impassion

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From im- +‎ passion.

VerbEdit

impassion (third-person singular simple present impassions, present participle impassioning, simple past and past participle impassioned)

  1. (transitive) make passionate, instill passion in
    • 1912, Arnold Bennett, Your United States[1]:
      Baseball remains a formidable item, yet scarcely capable of balancing the scale against the sports—football, cricket, racing, pelota, bull-fighting—which, in Europe, impassion the common people, and draw most of their champions from the common people.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 4, [2]
      Personal prudence even when dictated by quite other than selfish considerations surely is no special virtue in a military man; while an excessive love of glory, impassioning a less burning impulse, the honest sense of duty, is the first.