passion play

noun, often capitalized 1st P

Definition of passion play

: a dramatic representation of the scenes connected with the passion and crucifixion of Jesus

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Recent Examples on the Web Raul Treviño, 59, of San Antonio, who directs a passion play at San Juan de los Lagos Parish and Shrine on the West Side — which was also canceled — said the event marks the victory of good over evil. Peggy O’hare,, "Passion play’s cancellation doesn’t faze faithful Catholics," 9 Apr. 2020 As much of Latin America shuts down, Nicaragua has urged people to go to the beach, on holiday cruises and to Easter-season passion plays. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 11-12," 24 Apr. 2020 The story transformed resistance to modernity into a passion play with the Jew as villain and, in so doing, helped make anti-Semitism a key feature of right-wing ideology in France. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Science of Fear, the Royal Scandal That Made France Modern and Other New Books to Read," 17 Apr. 2020 The passion play is a longtime tradition that drew 22,000 spectators to the streets of downtown San Antonio last year. Peggy O’hare,, "Passion play’s cancellation doesn’t faze faithful Catholics," 9 Apr. 2020 The altar fits into the overall vision for the show as a kind of passion play in which Carrie is sacrificed. Deborah Martin,, "High school horror musical ‘Carrie’ opening at NESA North East School of the Arts in San Antonio," 25 Feb. 2020 For ten nights in Muharram these passion plays were performed with growing fervour. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Even so, what Kanye West has produced with its Biblical narration, choral singing and stylized reenactment suggests a passion play, if one from the Old Testament rather than the New., "Review: The Kanye West opera at the Hollywood Bowl? Call it ‘Nebuchadsnoozer’," 25 Nov. 2019 To watch an Andy Murray rant is to watch a passion play by and for the passive-aggressive. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "‘The Circuit’ Review: The Tour That Never Ends," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of passion play

1850, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Passion play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of passion play

: a play about the suffering and death of Jesus Christ

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