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Passionist

[pash-uh-nist] /ˈpæʃ ə nɪst/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
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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 of Passionist
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian passionista. See passion, -ist
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