- An example of passion is when you really love art.
- An example of passion is what you feel for your new husband on your honeymoon.
- Archaic suffering or agony, as of a martyr
- Now Rare an account of this
- the sufferings of Jesus, beginning with his agony in the garden of Gethsemane and continuing to his death on the Cross
- any of the Gospel narratives of Jesus' Passion and of accompanying events
- an artistic work, as an oratorio or a play, based on these narratives
- any one of the emotions, as hate, grief, love, fear, joy, etc.
- all such emotions collectively
- extreme, compelling emotion; intense emotional drive or excitement; specif.,
- great anger; rage; fury
- enthusiasm or fondness: a passion for music
- strong love or affection
- sexual drive or desire; lust
- the object of any strong desire or fondness
- Obs. the condition of being acted upon, esp. by outside influences
Origin of passionOld French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin passio, a suffering, especially that of Christ (; from Classical Latin passus, past participle of pati, to endure ; from Indo-European base an unverified form p?-, to harm from source Classical Greek p?ma, destruction, Classical Latin paene, scarcely): translated, translation of Classical Greek pathos: see pathos
- a. Strong or powerful emotion: a crime of passion.b. A powerful emotion, such as anger or joy: a spirit governed by intense passions.
- a. A state of strong sexual desire or love: “His desire flared into a passion he could no longer check” (Barbara Taylor Bradford).b. The object of such desire or love: She became his passion.
- a. Boundless enthusiasm: His skills as a player don't quite match his passion for the game.b. The object of such enthusiasm: Soccer is her passion.
- An abandoned display of emotion, especially of anger: He's been known to fly into a passion without warning.
- Passiona. The sufferings of Jesus in the period following the Last Supper and including the Crucifixion, as related in the New Testament.b. A narrative, musical setting, or pictorial representation of Jesus's sufferings.
- Martyrdom: the passion of Saint Margaret.
Origin of passionMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin passi&omacron;, passi&omacron;n-, sufferings of Jesus or a martyr, from Late Latin, physical suffering, martyrdom, sinful desire, from Latin, an undergoing, from passus, past participle of pat&imacron;, to suffer; see p&emacron;(i)- in Indo-European roots.