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Meaning of PASSION

Pronunciation:  'pashun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  intense passion or emotion
  2. [n]  any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love" or"he has a passion for cock fighting"
  3. [n]  strong feeling or emotion
  4. [n]  a feeling of strong sexual desire
  5. [n]  an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
  6. [n]  something that is desired intensely; "his rage for fame destroyed him"
  7. [n]  the suffering of Jesus at the crucifixion

PASSION is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: cacoethes, heat, love, mania, passionateness, rage, warmth
 See Also: abandon, agony, agromania, alcoholism, ardor, ardour, concupiscence, desire, dipsomania, egomania, emotionalism, emotionality, excruciation, feeling, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire, infatuation, irrational motive, kleptomania, logomania, logorrhea, monomania, necromania, necrophilia, necrophilism, object, phaneromania, physical attraction, possession, potomania, pyromania, sexual desire, suffering, trichotillomania, wildness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pas"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. passio, fr. pati, passus, to
    suffer. See {Patient}.]
    1. A suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any
       suffering or distress (as, a cardiac passion);
       specifically, the suffering of Christ between the time of
       the last supper and his death, esp. in the garden upon the
       cross. ``The passions of this time.'' --Wyclif (Rom. viii.
             To whom also he showed himself alive after his
             passion, by many infallible proofs.   --Acts i. 3.
    2. The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external
       agent or influence; a passive condition; -- opposed to
             A body at rest affords us no idea of any active
             power to move, and, when set is motion, it is rather
             a passion than an action in it.       --Locke.
    3. Capacity of being affected by external agents;
       susceptibility of impressions from external agents. [R.]
             Moldable and not moldable, scissible and not
             scissible, and many other passions of matter.
    4. The state of the mind when it is powerfully acted upon and
       influenced by something external to itself; the state of
       any particular faculty which, under such conditions,
       becomes extremely sensitive or uncontrollably excited; any
       emotion or sentiment (specifically, love or anger) in a
       state of abnormal or controlling activity; an extreme or
       inordinate desire; also, the capacity or susceptibility of
       being so affected; as, to be in a passion; the passions of
       love, hate, jealously, wrath, ambition, avarice, fear,
       etc.; a passion for war, or for drink; an orator should
       have passion as well as rhetorical skill. ``A passion fond
       even to idolatry.'' --Macaulay. ``Her passion is to seek
       roses.'' --Lady M. W. Montagu.
             We also are men of like passions with you. --Acts
                                                   xiv. 15.
             The nature of the human mind can not be sufficiently
             understood, without considering the affections and
             passions, or those modifications or actions of the
             mind consequent upon the apprehension of certain
             objects or events in which the mind generally
             conceives good or evil.               --Hutcheson.
             The term passion, and its adverb passionately, often
             express a very strong predilection for any pursuit,
             or object of taste -- a kind of enthusiastic
             fondness for anything.                --Cogan.
             The bravery of his grief did put me Into a towering
             passion.                              --Shak.
             The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling
             passion conquers reason still.        --Pope.
             Who walked in every path of human life, Felt every
             passion.                              --Akenside.
             When statesmen are ruled by faction and interest,
             they can have no passion for the glory of their
             country.                              --Addison.
    5. Disorder of the mind; madness. [Obs.] --Shak.
    6. Passion week. See {Passion week}, below. --R. of Gl.
    {Passion flower} (Bot.), any flower or plant of the genus
       {Passiflora}; -- so named from a fancied resemblance of
       parts of the flower to the instruments of our Savior's
    Note: The flowers are showy, and the fruit is sometimes
          highly esteemed (see {Granadilla}, and {Maypop}). The
          roots and leaves are generally more or less noxious,
          and are used in medicine. The plants are mostly tendril
          climbers, and are commonest in the warmer parts of
          America, though a few species are Asiatic or
    {Passion music} (Mus.), originally, music set to the gospel
       narrative of the passion of our Lord; after the
       Reformation, a kind of oratorio, with narrative, chorals,
       airs, and choruses, having for its theme the passion and
       crucifixion of Christ.
    {Passion play}, a mystery play, in which the scenes connected
       with the passion of our Savior are represented
    {Passion Sunday} (Eccl.), the fifth Sunday in Lent, or the
       second before Easter.
    {Passion Week}, the last week but one in Lent, or the second
       week preceding Easter. ``The name of Passion week is
       frequently, but improperly, applied to Holy Week.''
    Syn: {Passion}, {Feeling}, {Emotion}.
    Usage: When any feeling or emotion completely masters the
           mind, we call it a passion; as, a passion for music,
           dress, etc.; especially is anger (when thus extreme)
           called passion. The mind, in such cases, is considered
           as having lost its self-control, and become the
           passive instrument of the feeling in question.
  2. \Pas"sion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Passioned}; p. pr & vb.
    n. {Passioning}.]
    To give a passionate character to. [R.] --Keats.
  3. \Pas"sion\, v. i.
    To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be
    extremely agitated. [Obs.] ``Dumbly she passions, frantically
    she doteth.'' --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Only once found, in Acts 1:3, meaning suffering, referring to the sufferings of our Lord.

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