Definition of passion in English:


Syllabification: pas·sion
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.
love, (sexual) desire, lust, ardor, infatuation, lasciviousness, lustfulness
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'.

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