['pæʃ(ə)n] or ['pæʃən]



(noun.) a strong feeling or emotion.

(noun.) a feeling of strong sexual desire.

(noun.) the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion.

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(n.) 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.

(n.) The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition; -- opposed to action.

(n.) Capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents.

(n.) 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.

(n.) Disorder of the mind; madness.

(n.) Passion week. See Passion week, below.

(v. t.) To give a passionate character to.

(v. i.) To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.

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Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Suffering (specifically that of Christ by crucifixion).[2]. Emotion, ardor, fervor, zeal, rapture, transport, excitement, impulse, glow, strong feeling.[3]. Pathos, warmth of feeling, tender emotion.[4]. Anger, resentment, wrath, indignation, fury.[5]. Love, affection, attachment, fondness, devotion.

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Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Emotion, desire, ardor, vehemence, lust, auger, animation, excitement, warmth,feeling

ANT:Coolness, indifference, apathy, coldness, frigidity, iciness

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n. 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: (pl.) excited conditions of mind.—ns. Passiflō′ra a genus of climbing herbs or shrubs the passion-flowers; Pass′ional Pass′ionary a book containing accounts of the sufferings of saints and martyrs.—adjs. Pass′ional influenced by passion; Pass′ionate moved by passion: showing strong and warm feeling: easily moved to anger: intense.—adv. Pass′ionately.—n. Pass′ionateness.—adj. Pass′ioned moved by passion: expressing passion.—ns. Pass′ion-flow′er a flower so called from a fancied resemblance to a crown of thorns the emblem of Christ's passion; Pass′ionist (R.C.) one of a religious congregation devoted to the commemoration of the Passion of Christ by missions &c.—adj. Pass′ionless free from passion: not easily excited to anger.—n. Pass′ion-mū′sic music to which words describing the sufferings and death of Christ are set.—adj. Pass′ion-pale (Tenn.) pale with passion.—ns. Pass′ion-play a religious drama representing the sufferings and death of Christ; Pass′ion-Sun′day the fifth Sunday in Lent; Pass′ion-week name commonly given in England to Holy-week (as being the week of Christ's passion); but according to proper rubrical usage the week preceding Holy-week.

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