noun Roman Catholic Church.
- 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.
Origin of Passionist
From the Italian
dating back to 1840–50.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
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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.
The church bell was ringing, the monks of the Passionist monastery were getting up for their midnight offices.