Passion

Definition of Passion

Pas´sion
n.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.
2.The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition; - opposed to action.
3.Capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents.
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.
We also are men of like passions with you.
- Acts xiv. 15.
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.
5.Disorder of the mind; madness.
6.Passion week. See Passion week, below.
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 the crucifixion of Christ.
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 dramatically.
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.
- Shipley.
v. t.1.To give a passionate character to.
[imp. & p. p. Passioned ; p. pr & vb. n. Passioning.]
v. i.1.To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.

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