Passionist

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Passionist was in 1815

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“Passionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Passionist. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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