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Passionist

[pash-uh-nist]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of the “Congregation of Barefooted Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” founded in 1720 and engaged chiefly in missionary work.
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Origin of Passionist

From the Italian word passionista, dating back to 1840–50. See passion, -ist
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Historical Examples of passionist

  • Anne Kearns has the lumbago for which she rubs on Lourdes water, given her by a lady who got a bottleful from a passionist father.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • The church bell was ringing, the monks of the Passionist monastery were getting up for their midnight offices.