passion play


often capitalized 1st P
: a dramatic representation of the scenes connected with the passion and crucifixion of Jesus

Examples of passion play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That humor is unexpected because the story is a bit of a passion play with the trial, suffering and ... Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 The match was great theater, a passion play lasting more than three hours. John Branch, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2022 The passion play has three storytelling forms: narrative scenes with dialogue, oratorio-like songs performed by a large choir and tableaux vivants of Old Testament moments. Michael Paulson Roderick Aichinger, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2022 The Iranian passion play is a recurring motif, both on the stage and in the streets. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 But even this was just part of the build-up to what ended up being a full QAnon passion play, as the rally culminated with Trump fulminating—reciting a series of grievances over swelling strings. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 The outcry set a pattern that has been repeated with depressing regularity in the decades since, a kind of passion play that entrenches resentments on every side. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 23 Aug. 2022 Velázquez himself has seen the passion play in years past. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2022 Investing your time in a passion play for something meaningful may resonate with a potential employer. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of passion play was in 1850

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“Passion play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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passion play

often capitalized 1st P
: a play representing scenes connected with Jesus' suffering and crucifixion

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