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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Passion  \Pas"sion\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  passio,  fr  pati,  passus,  to 
  suffer.  See  {Patient}.] 
  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.  ``The  passions  of  this  time.''  --Wyclif  (Rom.  viii. 
  To  whom  also  he  showed  himself  alive  after  his 
  passion,  by  many  infallible  proofs.  --Acts  i.  3. 
  2.  The  state  of  being  acted  upon  subjection  to  an  external 
  agent  or  influence;  a  passive  condition;  --  opposed  to 
  A  body  at  rest  affords  us  no  idea  of  any  active 
  power  to  move  and  when  set  is  motion,  it  is  rather 
  a  passion  than  an  action  in  it  --Locke. 
  3.  Capacity  of  being  affected  by  external  agents; 
  susceptibility  of  impressions  from  external  agents.  [R.] 
  Moldable  and  not  moldable,  scissible  and  not 
  scissible,  and  many  other  passions  of  matter. 
  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.  ``A  passion  fond 
  even  to  idolatry.''  --Macaulay.  ``Her  passion  is  to  seek 
  roses.''  --Lady  M.  W.  Montagu. 
  We  also  are  men  of  like  passions  with  you  --Acts 
  xiv.  15. 
  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.  --Hutcheson. 
  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  --Cogan. 
  The  bravery  of  his  grief  did  put  me  Into  a  towering 
  passion.  --Shak. 
  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. 
  When  statesmen  are  ruled  by  faction  and  interest, 
  they  can  have  no  passion  for  the  glory  of  their 
  country.  --Addison. 
  5.  Disorder  of  the  mind;  madness.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  6.  Passion  week.  See  {Passion  week},  below.  --R.  of  Gl 
  {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  our  Savior's 
  Note:  The  flowers  are  showy,  and  the  fruit  is  sometimes 
  highly  esteemed  (see  {Granadilla},  and  {Maypop}).  The 
  roots  and  leaves  are  generally  more  or  less  noxious, 
  and  are  used  in  medicine.  The  plants  are  mostly  tendril 
  climbers,  and  are  commonest  in  the  warmer  parts  of 
  America,  though  a  few  species  are  Asiatic  or 
  {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 
  {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.  ``The  name  of  Passion  week  is 
  frequently,  but  improperly,  applied  to  Holy  Week.'' 
  Syn:  {Passion},  {Feeling},  {Emotion}. 
  Usage:  When  any  feeling  or  emotion  completely  masters  the 
  mind,  we  call  it  a  passion;  as  a  passion  for  music, 
  dress,  etc.;  especially  is  anger  (when  thus  extreme) 
  called  passion.  The  mind,  in  such  cases,  is  considered 
  as  having  lost  its  self-control,  and  become  the 
  passive  instrument  of  the  feeling  in  question. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Passion  \Pas"sion\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Passioned};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Passioning}.] 
  To  give  a  passionate  character  to  [R.]  --Keats. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Passion  \Pas"sion\,  v.  i. 
  To  suffer  pain  or  sorrow;  to  experience  a  passion;  to  be 
  extremely  agitated.  [Obs.]  ``Dumbly  she  passions,  frantically 
  she  doteth.''  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  strong  feeling  or  emotion  [syn:  {passionateness}] 
  2:  intense  passion  or  emotion  [syn:  {heat},  {warmth}] 
  3:  something  that  is  desired  intensely;  "his  rage  for  fame 
  destroyed  him"  [syn:  {rage}] 
  4:  an  irrational  but  irresistible  motive  for  a  belief  or  action 
  [syn:  {mania},  {cacoethes}] 
  5:  a  feeling  of  strong  sexual  desire 
  6:  any  object  of  warm  affection  or  devotion;  "the  theater  was 
  her  first  love"  or  "he  has  a  passion  for  cock  fighting" 
  [syn:  {love}] 
  7:  the  suffering  of  Jesus  at  the  crucifixion  [syn:  {Passion}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Only  once  found  in  Acts  1:3,  meaning  suffering,  referring  to 
  the  sufferings  of  our  Lord. 

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