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. 2001The gods themselves had passions and frailties—these are the stuff of the myths.—James Salter, New Yorker, 4 Aug. 1997The 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 1994Polo 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.
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin passion-, passio suffering, being acted upon, from Latin pati to suffer — more at patient