- 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.
- passing bell,
- passing lane,
- passing note,
- passing shot,
- passion cross,
- passion fruit,
- passion pit,
- passion play,
- passion sunday
Origin of passion
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.
“There was a time when we both had passion for our work,” Miyazaki later says, referring to himself and Takahata.
Cammock's hand flew to his belt, he took a step forward, his face suffused with passion.The Wild Geese|Stanley John Weyman
"I cannot expel the passion that rankles in my blood," Basil interposed darkly.Under the Witches' Moon|Nathan Gallizier
Candido started from his chair, his face livid with passion, his eyes glaring.Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train
It is the passion of the body swamping the brain; it's an ape that has seized a gun, a beautiful modern gun.The Passionate Friends|Herbert George Wells
Hence the motives of his conduct to Apaecides, strengthened as these were, in that instance, by his passion for Ione.The Last Days of Pompeii|Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
- 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
Word Origin 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]