Definition of passion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpaSHən/


1Strong and barely controllable emotion: a man of impetuous passion
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  • But I think Kate got her passion, her strong feelings from approval of what here mother was doing.
  • In addition to education in specific areas of interest, one should also have a strong innate passion and interest for the profession.
  • Within the context of modernity, the autonomous artist, as a creative being, explores varying moods, passion, sentiments and emotions.
1.1A state or outburst of strong emotion: oratory in which he gradually works himself up into a passion
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  • I stood still at the window, taken aback by the passion of the outburst as much as the completely unexpected words.
  • Although not a football fan himself, 44-year-old Len said working on the book gave him a unique insight to the passion and emotions of the game.
  • With real-life college football starting up recently, I literally get goose bumps listening to the passion and emotion of the crowds.
(blind) rage, fit of anger/temper, temper, towering rage, tantrum, fury, frenzy
1.2Intense sexual love: their all-consuming passion for each other she nurses a passion for Thomas
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  • One or both of you begins to feel suffocated, and the intense vulnerability of sexual passion that was so easy in the early days becomes impossible.
  • Quite the contrary - friendship, love, and sexual passion can all take many forms, and they are likely to be expressed in strong ways in any imaginable society.
  • Erotic love and sexual passion are not things that simply happen to people; you can learn to create them over your lifetime with the same lover.
1.3An intense desire or enthusiasm for something: the English have a passion for gardens
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  • But he came with a wealth of knowledge, an abundance of enthusiasm and a passion for the club where his career had kicked off 30 years earlier.
  • Two galleries who partnered with auto dealers found that luxury car enthusiasts also have a passion for art
  • I have the greatest of admiration for people who have a passion for politics.
enthusiasm, love, mania, fascination, obsession, fanaticism, fixation, compulsion, appetite, addiction
informal thing
1.4A thing arousing enthusiasm: modern furniture is a particular passion of Bill’s
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  • Natural history and sailing were among his passions, and his enthusiasms were enhanced by his travels.
  • They built the pub not on a template drawn-up by a committee of marketing men, but around their own enthusiasms and passions.
  • In today's world, obsessions become possessions and passions become fashions.
2 (the Passion) The suffering and death of Jesus: meditations on the Passion of Christ
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  • He laments the fact that the U.S. bishops have not explicitly condemned the film even though it appears to violate their own norms for presentations of the Passion of Jesus.
  • Burton is clearly not happy with the way those afflicted assimilated their suffering to the Passion of Christ, thus giving it personal meaning.
  • She has painted a series of larger than life-sized paintings and drawings depicting the Passion of Jesus.
crucifixion, suffering, agony, martyrdom
2.1A narrative of the Passion from any of the Gospels.
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  • There is no single Gospel story of the Passion; there are subtle differences among the four accounts.
  • But soon enough we hear the Passion narrative as told by St. Luke, and the atmosphere changes.
  • But we move from the procession to the long narrative for the day, the full Passion from Matthew.
2.2A musical setting of any of the narratives of the Passion: an aria from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
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  • Mayr's reflective settings of The Passion and Stabat Mater can also be found on Guild GMCD 7251-2.
  • It was a Hamburg senator that published his Passion oratorio libretto in 1712.
  • When performed as Bach clearly intended and obviously felt, the Passion induces the most profound emotions that music can give.


Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin passio(n-) (chiefly a term in Christian theology), from Latin pati 'suffer'.

  • The word passion comes via Old French from Latin pati ‘to suffer’. The Passion refers to the suffering of Jesus Christ. The sexual sense dates from the late 16th century. Passionate in late Middle English included the senses ‘easily moved to passion’ and ‘enraged’. Passive (Late Middle English) comes from the same root, from the sense of ‘being acted upon’, and compassion (Middle English) is literally ‘suffering with’ someone, while compatible (Late Middle English) comes from the Latin for ‘fit to suffer with’.

Words that rhyme with passion

ashen, fashion, ration

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Syllabification: pas·sion

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