heat of passion

Definition of "heat of passion"
  1. A defense argument in a criminal case, suggesting the accused committed the alleged act under extreme emotional distress, specifically provoked by the victim
How to use "heat of passion" in a sentence
  1. He claimed he acted in the heat of passion after catching his partner cheating.
  2. The defense might argue heat of passion to reduce the charges from murder to manslaughter.
  3. In the heat of passion, she confessed to the crime which she later regretted.

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