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Passion Week

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noun
  1. the week preceding Easter; Holy Week.
  2. the week before Holy Week, beginning with Passion Sunday.

Origin of Passion Week

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for passion week

Historical Examples

  • It is Passion-week, too; and that's not a week to play the heathen.

    A Terrible Temptation

    Charles Reade

  • And thus Passion-week tells all men in what true goodness lies.

    Westminster Sermons

    Charles Kingsley

  • He who has learnt the lesson of Passion-week, and practises it; he and he only is a good man.

    Westminster Sermons

    Charles Kingsley

  • In Passion-week pilgrims come to pray at the several "stations" along the route to the figurative Calvary at the end of the Via.

    Spanish Vistas

    George Parsons Lathrop

  • Shrove-Tuesday was marked by a ball, and Passion-week by promenades and concerts.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete

    Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne


British Dictionary definitions for passion week

Passion Week

noun
  1. the week between Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday
  2. (formerly) Holy Week; the week before Easter
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