noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin passion-, passio suffering, being acted upon, from Latin pati to suffer — more at patient Date: 13th century 1. often capitalized a. the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death b. an oratorio based on a gospel narrative of the Passion 2. obsolete suffering 3. the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces 4. a. (1) emotion <
his ruling passion is greed
(2) plural the emotions as distinguished from reason b. intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction c. an outbreak of anger 5. a. ardent affection ; love b. a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept c. sexual desire d. an object of desire or deep interest • passionless adjective Synonyms: passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable <
was a slave to his passions
. fervor implies a warm and steady emotion <
read the poem aloud with great fervor
. ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived <
the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded
. enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity <
never showed much enthusiasm for sports
. zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause <
preaches with fanatical zeal
. Synonym: see in addition feeling.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • passion — pas·sion / pa shən/ n: intense, driving, or overpowering feeling or emotion; esp: any violent or intense emotion that prevents reflection see also heat of passion Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • Passion — Pas sion, v. i. To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated. [Obs.] Dumbly she passions, frantically she doteth. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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