Passionist

noun
Pas·​sion·​ist | \ ˈpa-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce Passionist (audio) \

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

First Known Use of Passionist

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Passionist

Italian passionista, from passione passion, from Late Latin passion-, passio

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“Passionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Passionist. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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