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passion play

or Passion Play



a dramatic representation of the passion of Christ, as that given every ten years at the Bavarian village of Oberammergau.


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Nearby words

passingly, passion, passion cross, passion fruit, passion pit, passion play, passion sunday, passion week, passional, passionary, passionate

Origin of passion play

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for passion play

  • It only requires a change of names to make Alcestis a Passion-play.

    Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The passion-music was the direct outgrowth of the passion-play.

    The Standard Oratorios|George P. Upton

British Dictionary definitions for passion play

Passion play


a play depicting the Passion of Christ
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