passion - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a powerful emotion such as love or anger

    She spoke with great passion about the plight of the refugees.

    passions run high (=people become very angry, upset etc):

    Passions run high when marriages break up and children are involved.

    1. a.
      [singular] a state of being affected by a powerful emotion, especially anger
      fly into a passion (=become very angry):

      She flew into a passion when she heard this suggestion.

      work yourself up into a passion (=make yourself very angry):

      He had worked himself up into a passion by the time they finally arrived.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a very strong feeling of sexual love
    passion for:

    I was suddenly seized by an overwhelming passion for him.

  3. 3
    [countable] a strong enthusiasm or interest
    passion for:

    He and his wife shared a passion for classical music.

    1. a.
      something that produces a strong enthusiasm or interest in you

      Football has always been one of his passions.

  4. 4

    the Passion

    the painful death of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible

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