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1 a feeling of strong or constant regard for and dedication to someone
  • married at the age of 18, they share a passion that has lasted for over half a century

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2 a strong but often short-lived liking for another person
  • her passion passed when she got to know him

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4 a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation
  • people are sometimes slaves to their own passions

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6 passions plural general emotional condition
  • people who are swayed by their passions and not by reason

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7 intense sexual desire
  • their relationship began with passion but a deep love quickly grew between them

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8 sexual appetite
  • the kind of pent-up passion that comes from having spent the winter in remote isolation

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Frequently Asked Questions About passion

How is the word passion distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of passion are affection, emotion, feeling, and sentiment. While all these words mean "a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation," passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion.

revenge became his ruling passion

When is it sensible to use affection instead of passion?

The synonyms affection and passion are sometimes interchangeable, but affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings.

a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family

How are the words emotion and feeling related as synonyms of passion?

Emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses.

the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence

When would feeling be a good substitute for passion?

The meanings of feeling and passion largely overlap; however, feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it.

the feelings that once moved me are gone

When can sentiment be used instead of passion?

The words sentiment and passion are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea.

her feminist sentiments are well known

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The first known use of passion was in the 13th century

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“Passion.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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