Definition of passion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæʃn//
    Romance, Anger, Love
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a very strong feeling of love, hatred, anger, enthusiasm, etc. He's a man of violent passions. a crime of passion She argued her case with considerable passion. Passions were running high (= people were angry and emotional) at the meeting.
  2. 2[singular] (formal) a state of being very angry synonym rage She flies into a passion if anyone even mentions his name. See related entries: Anger
  3. 3[uncountable] passion (for somebody) a very strong feeling of sexual love His passion for her made him blind to everything else. See related entries: Romance, Love
  4. 4[countable] passion (for something) a very strong feeling of liking something; a hobby, an activity, etc. that you like very much The English have a passion for gardens. Music is a passion with him.
  5. 5 the Passion [singular] (in Christianity) the suffering and death of Jesus Christ
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from late Latin passio(n-) (chiefly a term in Christian theology), from Latin pati ‘suffer’.Extra examples As time went by the passion cooled. Elliot and Nina discovered a shared passion for poetry. He argued his case with great passion. He developed a real passion for acting. He had a secret passion for poetry. No one had ever aroused his passion as much as Sandra. She didn’t believe in grand passion or love at first sight. She had very little time to indulge her passion for painting. She killed her husband’s lover in a crime of passion. She was his first great passion. That passion drove me to get to the top. The passion between them had cooled. The team has been playing with renewed passion this season. There were moments of high passion in the game. They kissed with passion. They shared a passion for food. They spent a night of passion in a hotel. This issue always arouses passion. a speech full of passion a woman of great passion his all-consuming passion for her his lifelong passion for aeroplanes his renewed passion for the game the great passion he felt for her the young girl who was the object of his passion He knew he was going to be a musician and eventually stopped attending high school. Music was the only thing he ever had a passion for. He’s a man of violent passions. The royal family had a passion for art, it seems, for the palace was full of paintings and sculptures.
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