Passion is a strong emotion, usually related to love or anger. If on your first time out together your date falls on their knees and tells you they'd die for you — they're gripped by passion (or maybe just nuts).
We associate passion with any intense feeling, but centuries ago it referred specifically to intense pain. The sufferings of religions martyrs, who were tortured and killed for their beliefs, were called "passions," from the Latin passio, or suffering. Today we've dropped the torture, and most of us, when we're not in the grip of passion, have a passion (or intense interest) — for things like gardening or golf or dollhouse architecture.
n a strong feeling or emotion
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a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire
feelings of great warmth and intensity
violent passion in speech or action
excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states
n a feeling of strong sexual desire
n an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
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an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
alcoholism, dipsomania, potomania
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
a mania restricted to one thing or idea
necromania, necrophilia, necrophilism
an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
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a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic