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Dictionary Definition

passion

Noun

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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Via French, from Latin passio, suffering, noun of action from perfect passive participle passus, suffered, from deponent verb pati, suffer

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈpæʃən/, /"p

Extensive Definition

The term Passion may refer to:

Emotion

  • Passion (emotion), feeling very strongly about a subject or person, usually referring to feelings of intense desire and attraction
  • Stoic Passions, various forms of emotional suffering

Christianity

Literature

  • Passion by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti, translated by Lawrence Venuti, Mercury House, San Francisco, 1994. The Stephen Sondheim Musical by the same name is based upon this novel (the original Italian title is Fosca, by Igino Ugo Tarchetti, 1869.

Film, television, and theater

Music

Other uses

See also

passion in Danish: Passion
passion in German: Passion (Begriffsklärung)
passion in Spanish: Pasión
passion in French: Passion
passion in Icelandic: Píslarsaga
passion in Italian: Passione
passion in Japanese: パッション
passion in Dutch: Passie
passion in Polish: Pasja (ujednoznacznienie)
passion in Portuguese: Paixão
passion in Finnish: Passio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Alecto, Amor, Christian love, Eros, Megaera, Negro spiritual, Nemesis, Platonic love, Tisiphone, abandon, ache, aching, admiration, adoration, affect, affection, affectivity, agape, agitation, agony, amorousness, amour, andromania, animation, anthem, aphrodisia, appetence, appetency, appetite, appetition, ardency, ardor, aspiring, attachment, avidity, avidness, beloved, biological urge, blow, bluster, bodily appetite, bodily love, brawl, broil, brotherly love, brouhaha, bug, burning rage, cacophony, calenture, cantata, canticle, caritas, carnal desire, cathexis, chaos, charity, choice, chorale, church music, clawing, command, commitment, committedness, commotion, compulsion, conation, conatus, concern, concernment, concupiscence, conjugal love, convulsion, coveting, cramp, craving, craze, crazy fancy, cruciation, crucifixion, crush, curiosity, cut, decision, dedication, delirium, desideration, desire, determination, devotedness, devotion, devoutness, discretion, disposition, distress, disturbance, dolor, doxology, drive, eagerness, earnestness, ebullition, ecstasy, embroilment, emotion, emotional charge, emotional shade, enthusiasm, eromania, eroticism, eroticomaniac, erotism, erotomania, eruption, excitement, experience, faith, faithful love, faithfulness, fanaticism, fancy, fantasy, fascination, feeling, feeling tone, ferment, fervency, fervidness, fervor, feverishness, fidelity, fieriness, fire, fire and fury, fit, flame, flap, fleshly lust, fomentation, fondness, foofaraw, foreboding, free choice, free love, free will, free-lovism, frenzy, fume, furious rage, furor, furor uterinus, furore, fury, fuss, glow, goatishness, gospel, gospel music, grief, gust, gusto, gut reaction, gynecomania, heart, heartiness, heartthrob, heat, heatedness, hell, hell upon earth, hero, hero worship, heroine, holocaust, hope, horme, horniness, horror, hot blood, hot pants, hubbub, hurrah, hurt, hymn, hymn-tune, hymnody, hymnology, hysteria, idol, idolatry, idolism, idolization, impassionedness, impression, inclination, indecency, infantile sexuality, infatuation, injury, intellectual curiosity, intensity, intention, intentness, interest, intoxication, introit, itch, keenness, laceration, lancination, lasciviousness, lesion, libidinousness, libido, lickerishness, like, likes, liking, liveliness, longing, love, lovemaking, loyalty, lust, lust for learning, lustfulness, lyricism, madness, mania, manic-depressive psychosis, married love, martyrdom, mass, matter of interest, mind, misery, motet, nasty blow, need, nightmare, nymphomania, objective, obsession, offertory, offertory sentence, oratorio, orgasm, orgy, outbreak, outburst, paean, pain, pandemonium, pang, panting, paroxysm, partiality, pash, passionateness, passions, persecution, physical love, pleasure, pleasure principle, polymorphous perversity, popular regard, popularity, predilection, presentiment, profound sense, prosodion, prurience, pruriency, psalm, psalmody, purgatory, rack, racket, rage, rapture, ravishment, reaction, recessional, regard, relish, requiem, requiem mass, resolution, response, row, ruckus, rumpus, sacred music, satyriasis, satyrism, savor, seizure, sensation, sense, sensuality, sensuousness, sentiment, seriousness, sex, sexual desire, sexual longing, sexual love, sexual passion, shine, shock, sincerity, sore, sore spot, soul, spasm, special interest, spirit, spiritedness, spiritual, spiritual love, storm, storminess, stress, stress of life, stroke, suffering, taste, tearing passion, tempest, tempestuousness, tender feeling, tender passion, tender spot, the Erinyes, the Eumenides, the Furies, thirst for knowledge, throes, torment, torture, towering rage, transport, truelove, tumult, tumultuousness, turbulence, turmoil, undercurrent, uproar, upset, urge, uxoriousness, vehemence, velleity, venereal appetite, verve, vigor, violence, vivaciousness, vivacity, volition, want, wanting, warmth, warmth of feeling, weakness, whirlwind, white spiritual, wildness, will, will and pleasure, will power, wish, wish fulfillment, worship, wound, wrench, yearning, yen, zeal, zealotry, zealousness, zest, zestfulness
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