What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make them a reality or prove their point. Just to be clear, I'm looking for a general term for such a person (which should be a noun, of course).

If no such word exists, then a clever neologism would be acceptable.

  • Passion in what context? Passionate about love, about work, about sport?
    – user53089
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 5:10
  • Just to be 100% clear are you also talking about sexual desire, or only the passion a person has for their profession/career/hobby/sport/talent etc?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 7:09
  • @Mari-LouA more so the latter, but since I'm looking for a general term, the former can also be included (but it should not be solely the former, in meaning).
    – Raj
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 7:19
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    how about a go-getter?
    – ottodidakt
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:24

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According to the few anthropologists brave enough to study them in situ, a small (not in stature) but little known tribe in the north of Ardor--the Ardorians--are particularly known for their passion for roasted anthropologist. Which, perhaps, explains why they are so little known. I suppose they wouldn't mind if you appropriated their name.

An alternative to Ardorian, of course, is: "hot-blooded" adjective: lustful; passionate. "hot-blooded, pulse-pounding passion"

synonyms: passionate, amorous, amatory, ardent, fervid, lustful, libidinous, lecherous, sexy, virile


A more moderate and general term is: Enthusiast noun: 1. One who is filled with enthusiasm; one who is ardently absorbed in an interest or pursuit: a baseball enthusiast.

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Another term describing an individual with unusually "strong desires, goals, or convictions, and [who] works hard to make them a reality or prove their point" is as a:

Type A personality The theory describes "Type A" individuals as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence. Wikipedia

  • Thanks for the answer! I should have clearly stated that I was looking for a noun (I've updated the question to clarify that). I can't seem to put my finger on the reason, but enthusiast is not the sense I was going for (although it's in the ballpark). Similarly, zealot doesn't capture the sense of "a drive to realize strong desires, goals, or convictions" either.
    – Raj
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 7:29
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    +1 for enthusiast. After all, it's one of the badges on SE, so it should definitely be mentioned!
    – anemone
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 9:30
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    Two general observations to assist your quest, Raj: 1. Existential loneliness drives our desire to "know" or "touch" the world. This drive is often known as Eros, the antidote to that loneliness. 2. Our mortality, i.e., the brevity of our lives, is what makes what we do "matter". As I see it, these 2 qualities are the parents of all passion.
    – user98990
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 10:44
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    @Rag - Beyond the 2 existential factors I described in the preceding comment, which are universal (though often not conscious), passion can also be ascribed to an individual's temperament. In psychology, temperament refers to those aspects of an individual's personality, such as introversion or extroversion, that are often regarded as innate rather than learned.
    – user98990
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 11:44

If you are not satisfied with ardor, suggested by Little Eva, how about a dedicate from the verb dedicate?

to devote (oneself, one's time, etc) wholly to a special purpose or cause; commit wholeheartedly or unreservedly;to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose.

  • Looking for a noun.
    – Raj
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 18:44
  • it's all in the pronunciation, but if it's easier, what about dedicant?
    – Erich
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:17

quaintrelle: noun - a woman who pursues a life of passion

sort of answers your question.

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    We'd like a source and a link for your definition. Also note that Wikipedia has a broader definition (the female version of a dandy) than that suggested by your one line definition. "The female counterpart is a quaintrelle, a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures."
    – ab2
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 19:08

What about aficionado, devotee, activist, fanatic or maniac?

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    I'm glad you want to participate, but we expect long, well-researched answers that support their claims (when someone asks for a word and you;re giving near synonyms, little snippets of definition for each word help the person who asked the question select the word they like the best).
    – Spencer
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 2:51

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