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passion

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of passion

  1. 1 a feeling of strong or constant regard for and dedication to someone <married at the age of 18, they share a passion that has lasted for over half a century> Synonyms affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, loveRelated Words appetite, fancy, favor, like, liking, partiality, preference, relish, taste; craving, crush, desire, infatuation, longing, lust, yearning; ardor, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, zeal; appreciation, esteem, estimation, regard, respect; adoration, adulation, deification, idolatry, idolization, worship; allegiance, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, steadfastnessNear Antonyms allergy, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, disfavor, dislike, enmity, hostility; abhorrence, disgust, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; misanthropyAntonyms abomination, hate, hatred, loathing, rancor

  2. 2 a strong but often short-lived liking for another person <her passion passed when the next hunky movie star arrived on the scene> Synonyms infatuation, mash, crushRelated Words fixation, obsession; affection, devotion, fondness, love; craze, fad, rage, vogue

  3. 3 a strong wish for something <a passion to become a doctor> Synonyms appetency, appetite, craving, drive, hankering, hunger, itch, jones [slang], letch, longing, lust, desire, pining, thirst, thirstiness, urge, yearning, yenRelated Words compulsion, impulse, impulsion, will, zeal; liking, love, taste, weakness; eagerness, impatience; want, wish; necessity, need, requirement; obsession; acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, cupidity, greed, greediness, rapaciousness, rapacity; cacoëthes, maniaNear Antonyms abhorrence, abomination, allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, dislike, disliking, distaste, hatred, loathing, nausea, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; apathy, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern

  4. 4 a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation <people are sometimes slaves to their own passions> Synonyms chord, emotion, feeling, sentimentRelated Words impression, perception, sensation, sense; angle, attitude, outlook, perspective, standpoint, viewpoint; belief, conviction, judgment (or judgement), mind, notion, opinion, persuasion, verdict, view; receptiveness, receptivity, responsiveness, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivityNear Antonyms insensitiveness, insensitivity, unfeelingness

  5. 5 depth of feeling <your passion for your cause is admirable, but you still can't insult people who disagree with you> Synonyms ardency, emotion, enthusiasm, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fire, heat, intenseness, intensity, ardor, passionateness, vehemence, violence, warmth, white heatRelated Words cathexis; emotionalism, emotionality, histrionics, mawkishness, melodrama, sappiness, sentimentality; eagerness, earnestness, excitement, gusto, keenness, zest; fanaticism, fever, hot-bloodedness, infatuation, mania, obsession, zeal; compassion, responsiveness, sentiment, sympathy, tenderness; torridity, torridnessNear Antonyms aloofness, calmness, collectedness, composure, detachedness, dryness, phlegm, reserve, reservedness, reticence, taciturnity; apathy, indifference, stoicism, stoniness, unconcern; stiffness, woodenness; chilliness, coldness, coolness, frigidity, frigidnessAntonyms impassiveness, impassivity, insensibility, insensibleness, insensitiveness, insensitivity

  6. 6 passions pl  general emotional condition <people who are swayed by their passions and not by reason> Synonyms heartstrings, passions, sensibilitiesRelated Words cheer, frame, humor, mode, mood, spirit, temper

  7. 7 intense sexual desire <an addiction to online pornography that was clear proof that he had become a slave to passion> Synonyms ardor, concupiscence, eros, eroticism, horniness, itch, lustfulness, lustRelated Words erotomania, nymphomania, satyriasis; lasciviousness, lewdness, libidinousness, licentiousness, lickerishness, randiness, salaciousness, wantonnessNear Antonyms frigidity

  8. 8 sexual appetite <the kind of pent-up passion that comes from having spent the winter in remote isolation> Synonyms concupiscence, eroticism, horniness, hots, itch, lech, letch, libidinousness, lust, lustfulness, lustihood, desire, salaciousnessRelated Words libido; ardor, heat, rut; erotomania, hypersexuality, lecherousness, lechery, nymphomania, satyriasis; veneryNear Antonyms abstinence, celibacy, chastity; frigidity, frigidness





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