• WordNet 3.6
    • n passion the trait of being intensely emotional
    • n passion any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love","he has a passion for cock fighting"
    • n passion a strong feeling or emotion
    • n passion a feeling of strong sexual desire
    • n passion an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
    • n passion something that is desired intensely "his rage for fame destroyed him"
    • n Passion the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion
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A Ruling Passion A Ruling Passion
The Ruling Passion The Ruling Passion
The Passion of our Lord The Passion of our Lord
Jesus of the Passion Jesus of the Passion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Passion fruits have a tranquilizing effect on the body
    • Passion 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.""To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion , by many infallible proofs."
    • Passion Capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents. "Moldable and not moldable, scissible and not scissible, and many other passions of matter."
    • Passion Disorder of the mind; madness.
    • Passion Passion week. See Passion week, below.
    • Passion The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition; -- opposed to action. "A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and, when set in motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it."
    • Passion 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.""Her passion is to seek roses.""We also are men of like passions with you.""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.""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.""The bravery of his grief did put me
      Into a towering passion ."
      "The ruling passion , be it what it will,
      The ruling passion conquers reason still."
      "Who walked in every path of human life,
      Felt every passion ."
      "When statesmen are ruled by faction and interest, they can have no passion for the glory of their country."
    • v. t Passion To give a passionate character to.
    • v. i Passion To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated. "Dumbly she passions , frantically she doteth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A passionate kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute.
    • n passion The state of being affected or acted on by something external; a passive as opposed to an active state.
    • n passion Susceptibility of impression from external agents; receptivity to impressions.
    • n passion Suffering; especially, the sufferings of Christ on the cross; more specifically, his sufferings subsequent to the Last Supper, sometimes distinguished from those of the crucifixion: as, “by thy Cross and Passion,” Book of Common Prayer.
    • n passion Physical disorder, or suffering resulting from it; disease.
    • n passion Emotion; specifically, intense or vehement emotion, occupying the mind in great part for a considerable period, and commanding the most serious action of the intelligence; an abounding or controlling emotion, such as ambition. avarice, revenge, desire, fear, hope, joy, grief, love, hatred, etc.; a strong deep feeling.
    • n passion Zeal; ardor; vehement or ruling desire.
    • n passion Love; ardent affection; amorous desire.
    • n passion Grief; sorrow.
    • n passion Vehement anger; rage: sometimes used absolutely: as, in a passion.
    • n passion An object of great admiration or desire; something indulged in, pursued, or cultivated with extreme and serious ardor: as, poetry became a passion with him.
    • n passion A passionate display; an exhibition of deep feeling.
    • n passion Same as passion-music.
    • n passion Synonyms Passion, Affection; wrath, fury; fervor; rapture, transport. As compared with affection, the distinctive mark of passion is that it masters the mind, so that the person becomes seemingly its subject or its passive instrument, while an affection, though moving, affecting, or influencing one, still leaves him his self-control. The secondary meanings of the two words keep this difference.
    • passion To be affected with passion; be extremely agitated, especially with grief; sorrow.
    • passion To give a passionate character to; imbue with passion; impassionate.
    • n passion In religious art, a representation of the passion of Christ: as, the greater and lesser passions of Albrecht Dürer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the head chef at the United Nations, the president of Iceland eats fish every day for lunch. Additionally, the queen of Denmark has a taste for Japanese food, and Pres. Bill Clinton has a passion for chicken.
    • n Passion pash′un power of feeling pain or suffering: strong feeling or agitation of mind, esp. rage: ardent love: eager desire: state of the soul when receiving an impression: suffering or passive condition, as opposed to Action: the sufferings, esp. the death, of Christ:
    • n Passion pash′un (pl.) excited conditions of mind
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  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “Man is a useless passion.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”
  • Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
    “It is the passions that do and undo everything.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Passion is the trigger of success.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. passio, fr. pati, passus, to suffer. See Patient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. passio, passionispassus, pa.p. of pati, to suffer.


In literature:

These are hunger, sex passion, vanity, and fear (of ghosts and spirits).
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He was master of the sympathies and passions of the people.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Passion and piety are alike celebrated; the rude Celtic legends have been sanctified.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Flaxman had a passion for intellectual or social novelty; and this passion was beguiling him into a close observation of Elsmere.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It was no tender passion I felt, it was a mad, passionate adoration.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Passionate, perhaps, and vengeful, but not likely to wreak his passion like a brute.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
And Nicky had been charming, with his humble ardour, his passion for a perfection that was not his.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Human passions have probably disfigured the Divine doctrines here; but the whole thing is inscrutable.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
They know how useful passion is for publication.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He had never been passionately in love, and certainly he had never been passionately loved.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham

In poetry:

This is the curse of life: that not
A nobler calmer train
Of wiser thoughts and feelings blot
Our passions from our brain;
"Absence" by Matthew Arnold
The bow well bent, and smart the spring,
Vice seems already slain;
But passion rudely snaps the string,
And it revives again.
"Human Frailty" by William Cowper
What would you have done, I wonder,
Had I gone on my knees to you
And told you my passionate story,
There in the dusk and the dew?
"Platonic" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Bring back those hours in which I bent,
And heard in tender awe
Love speak with passionate tones, that sent
A thrill through all I saw.
"The Churchyard Tree" by Alexander Anderson
Is it weakness thus to dwell
On passion that I dare not tell?
Such weakness I would ever prove;
'Tis painful, though 'tis sweet to love.
"To Love" by Henry Kirke White
In a passion of grief the strong man bent
Down to her face, and, kissing it, went
Back to the waiting Breeze,
Back to the mournful seas.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Throughout his life, O'Connor pursued two passions: steam engines and camera support.
Successful practice Successful lawyers tend to work long hours and are focused and passionate about what they do.
The life coach and host of Breakthrough with Tony Robbins believes in living a passionate life, a life in which fear is a counselor, not a jailer.
Newspaper burns with passion for left-wing causes.
The moviemaker wants to promote "The Passion of the Christ" and the president wants to prevent the passion of the gays.
Purvis has a passion for flying.
The restaurant is named after the owner's grandmother, Sara Lemberg, and reflects her passion for cooking European-style crepes .
The merits of competing tax plans or health care visions do not matter much if a debater meanders into the policy weeds or, even worse, fails to deliver a passionate fight.
For One Catholic, 'Passion' Skews the Meaning of the Crucifixion .
"The Passion of the Christ" is not just another movie.
No one in America is saying, "What do you want to see this weekend, 'The Passion of the Christ' or '50 First Dates'".
The Passion & Perils of biz building.
Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit.
That first year in Lake Placid, Benson developed what is now a passion of his: he started making decoys .
The pastime of geocaching is a passion for some.

In science:

Galois’s passionate words “je n’ai pas de temps” were applicable to him, he choose to concentrate on other things.
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
As successful as he has been for so many years, his continuing hard work and dedication reveals his genuine passion and love for mathematics.
On the Positive Mass, Penrose, an ZAS Inequalities in General Dimension
ACKNOWLEDGMENT We wish to acknowledge the passionate contributions of Francisco Esquembre and Fu-Kwun Hwang for their ideas, knowledge and insights in the co-creation of interactive digital media for education.
Leveraging on Easy Java Simulation tool and open source computer simulation library to create interactive digital media for mass customization of high school physics curriculum
Stachel (eds.), Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-a-Distance: Quantum Mechanical Studies for Abner Shimony, Volume Two.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Christian, J. (1999a), “Potentiality, Entanglement and Passion-at-a-distance”, e-print quant-ph/9901008, to appear in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity