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Passionist

[pash-uh-nist] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪst/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
a member of the “Congregation of Barefooted Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” founded in 1720 and engaged chiefly in missionary work.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian passionista. See passion, -ist
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