passion

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.

DEFINITIONS OF: passion

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n a strong feeling or emotion

Synonyms:
passionateness
Types:
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infatuation
a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
abandon, wildness
a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire
feelings of great warmth and intensity
storminess
violent passion in speech or action
zeal
excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a feeling of strong sexual desire

Type of:
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
a desire for sexual intimacy

n the trait of being intensely emotional

Synonyms:
heat, warmth
Types:
fieriness
a passionate and quick-tempered nature
Type of:
emotionalism, emotionality
emotional nature or quality

n any object of warm affection or devotion

“he has a passion for cock fighting”
Synonyms:
love
Type of:
object
the focus of cognitions or feelings

n something that is desired intensely

Synonyms:
rage
Type of:
desire
something that is desired

n an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

Synonyms:
cacoethes, mania
Types:
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agromania
an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
alcoholism, dipsomania, potomania
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
egomania
an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs
kleptomania
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
logomania, logorrhea
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
monomania, possession
a mania restricted to one thing or idea
necromania, necrophilia, necrophilism
an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
phaneromania
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
pyromania
an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
trichotillomania
an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
Type of:
irrational motive
a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
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