passion

noun
pas·​sion | \ ˈpa-shən How to pronounce passion (audio) \

Definition of passion

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 Bach's St. Matthew Passion
2 obsolete : suffering
3 : the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces moldable and not moldable … and many other passions of matter— Francis Bacon
4a(1) : emotion his ruling passion is greed
(2) passions plural : the emotions as distinguished from reason a study of the passions
b : intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction with enough passion to make a great poet— W. B. Yeats
c : an outbreak of anger a crime of passion
5a : ardent affection : love He had never felt such passion for any woman but her.
b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept a passion for chess a passion for opera
c : sexual desire a look of passion in her face
d : an object of desire or deep interest

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Other Words from passion

passionless \ ˈpa-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce passionless (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for passion

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

synonyms see in addition feeling

Examples of passion in a Sentence

If anyone had asked me what my passions were, I would have said building fires, climbing cliffs, going on long hikes in the woods … — Paul Theroux, Newsweek, 6 Aug. 2001 The gods themselves had passions and frailties—these are the stuff of the myths. — James Salter, New Yorker, 4 Aug. 1997 The skin is dry and as chaste and beautiful as old paper. But I remember the passion inspired by those fingers, their gifted, sly, infinitely provocative caresses and gestures. — Richard Selzer, Discover, February 1994 Polo was the Khan's passion. He cared for little else, and when his armies moved, he moved with them, because he couldn't stand to be without the game. — Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994 Everyone could see the passion in his approach to the work. a controversy that has stirred passions in Congress Her performance is full of passion and originality. She spoke with passion about preserving the building. The crime was committed in a fit of passion. Music has always been his passion. She developed a passion for opera. a student with a passion for literature
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Recent Examples on the Web Gutierrez founded it as a passion project in 2017, but was sidetracked by the demands of school and work. Lauren Leazenby, chicagotribune.com, "JUSTice Cream offers sweet social justice model for nonprofits — and ice cream shops," 5 Aug. 2020 His cameras, used for his passion of studying wildlife, also were gone, along with hard drives containing memories of trips, weddings, and other events. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Nurse in San Antonio to help COVID-19 patients loses possessions in burglary," 5 Aug. 2020 But the bottom line is this: State laws killed opponents' drive, and time dulled their passion. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The debate over masks today is a lot like the decades-long fight to mandate seat belts," 5 Aug. 2020 R&B Cellars owners, Kevin and Barbara Brown, are musicians, and their passion informs their substantial wine lineup. Sara Schneider, SFChronicle.com, "Riggers Loft: wine and views in a former WWII Richmond shipyard," 4 Aug. 2020 There are shades of Being There in the elevation of inarticulate Herschel to national folk-hero status, with his passion and unfiltered truth drawing support from free-speech advocates, who even start ruminating on a possible political future. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'An American Pickle': Film Review," 3 Aug. 2020 View this post on Instagram Spent all of last year designing and curating my passion project / dream spot. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Real Story Behind Gigi Hadid’s Colourful Pasta Cabinets," 29 July 2020 Spent all of last year designing and curating my passion project / dream spot. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Gigi Hadid's Apartment Has Billiards Balls in the Kitchen, a Giant Pen Sculpture, and Pasta Decor," 27 July 2020 Beginning with the passion project Atomic Blonde, Theron would serve as a hands-on producer on all of her films that don't have Fast in the title. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "With The Old Guard, Charlize Theron continues her reign as Hollywood’s top action star," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of passion

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for passion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin passion-, passio suffering, being acted upon, from Latin pati to suffer — more at patient

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“Passion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passion. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for passion

passion

noun
How to pronounce passion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of passion

: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
: a strong feeling (such as anger) that causes you to act in a dangerous way
: a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone

passion

noun
pas·​sion | \ ˈpa-shən How to pronounce passion (audio) \

Kids Definition of passion

1 : a strong feeling or emotion He spoke with passion.
2 : an object of someone's love, liking, or desire Art is my passion.
3 : strong liking or desire : love She has a passion for music.

passion

noun
pas·​sion | \ ˈpa-shən How to pronounce passion (audio) \

Legal Definition of passion

: intense, driving, or overpowering feeling or emotion especially : any violent or intense emotion that prevents reflection — see also heat of passion

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