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
  1. noun
    a strong feeling or emotion
    synonyms: passionateness
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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
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    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    a feeling of strong sexual desire
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    concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
    a desire for sexual intimacy
  3. noun
    the trait of being intensely emotional
    synonyms: heat, warmth
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    fieriness
    a passionate and quick-tempered nature
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    emotionalism, emotionality
    emotional nature or quality
  4. noun
    any object of warm affection or devotion
    synonyms: love
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    object
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
  5. noun
    something that is desired intensely
    synonyms: rage
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    desire
    something that is desired
  6. noun
    an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
    synonyms: cacoethes, mania
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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
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    irrational motive
    a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
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