- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
- strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
- strong sexual desire; lust.
- an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
- a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
- a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
- the object of such a fondness or desire: Accuracy became a passion with him.
- an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.
- violent anger.
- the state of being acted upon or affected by something external, especially something alien to one's nature or one's customary behavior (contrasted with action).
- (often initial capital letter) Theology.
- the sufferings of Christ on the cross or His sufferings subsequent to the Last Supper.
- the narrative of Christ's sufferings as recorded in the Gospels.
- Archaic. the sufferings of a martyr.
Origin of passion
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Examples from the Web for passion
Sex and passion; compulsive, life-changing, soul-altering sex, all to be made more explicit than he had done in the past.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
During the course of my time behind the bar I developed a passion for single malt Scotch.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
The younger brother would try everything in his power from a distance to subdue the roaring flames of passion.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.Shut Up, Lady Gaga’s Rape Isn’t About You
December 4, 2014
“There was a time when we both had passion for our work,” Miyazaki later says, referring to himself and Takahata.Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams
December 2, 2014
He grew pale with passion, turned on his heel, and strode away.Brave and Bold
Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.
It swept him away; this revival of passion was irresistible.
There is no passion in your veins; it is only a sort of sympathetic selfishness.
It is but a feeble destiny that is wrecked by passion, when it should be ennobled.
- ardent love or affection
- intense sexual love
- a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etca passion for poetry
- any strongly felt emotion, such as love, hate, envy, etc
- a state or outburst of extreme angerhe flew into a passion
- the object of an intense desire, ardent affection, or enthusiasm
- an outburst expressing intense emotionhe burst into a passion of sobs
- any state of the mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc, as contrasted with action
- feelings, desires or emotions, as contrasted with reason
- the sufferings and death of a Christian martyr
- the sufferings of Christ from the Last Supper to his death on the cross
- any of the four Gospel accounts of this
- a musical setting of thisthe St Matthew Passion
Word Origin and History for passion
late 12c., "sufferings of Christ on the Cross," from Old French passion "Christ's passion, physical suffering" (10c.), from Late Latin passionem (nominative passio) "suffering, enduring," from past participle stem of Latin pati "to suffer, endure," possibly from PIE root *pe(i)- "to hurt" (cf. Sanskrit pijati "reviles, scorns," Greek pema "suffering, misery, woe," Old English feond "enemy, devil," Gothic faian "to blame").
Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c.; meaning "strong emotion, desire" is attested from late 14c., from Late Latin use of passio to render Greek pathos. Replaced Old English þolung (used in glosses to render Latin passio), literally "suffering," from þolian (v.) "to endure."
Sense of "sexual love" first attested 1580s; that of "strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection" is from 1630s. The passion-flower so called from 1630s.
The name passionflower -- flos passionis -- arose from the supposed resemblance of the corona to the crown of thorns, and of the other parts of the flower to the nails, or wounds, while the five sepals and five petals were taken to symbolize the ten apostles -- Peter ... and Judas ... being left out of the reckoning. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 1885]