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Passionist

noun Pas·sion·ist \ˈpa-sh(ə-)nist\

Definition of PASSIONIST

:  a member of a Roman Catholic mendicant order founded by St. Paul of the Cross in Italy in 1720 and devoted chiefly to missionary work and retreats

Origin of PASSIONIST

Italian passionista, from passione passion, from Late Latin passion-, passio
First Known Use: 1832

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