any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
strong sexual desire; lust.
an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
the object of such a fondness or desire: Accuracy became a passion with him.
an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.
violent anger.
the state of being acted upon or affected by something external, especially something alien to one's nature or one's customary behavior (contrasted with action ).
(often initial capital letter) Theology.
the sufferings of Christ on the cross or His sufferings subsequent to the Last Supper.
the narrative of Christ's sufferings as recorded in the Gospels.
Archaic. the sufferings of a martyr.

1125–75; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin passiōn- (stem of passiō) Christ's sufferings on the cross, any of the Biblical accounts of these (> late Old English passiōn), special use of Late Latin passiō suffering, submission, derivative of Latin passus, past participle of patī to suffer, submit; see -ion

passionful, adjective
passionfully, adverb
passionfulness, noun
passionlike, adjective

6. fervor, zeal, ardor. 9. ire, fury, wrath, rage.

1. apathy.

1. See feeling. Unabridged
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passion (ˈpæʃən)
1.  ardent love or affection
2.  intense sexual love
3.  a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc: a passion for poetry
4.  any strongly felt emotion, such as love, hate, envy, etc
5.  a state or outburst of extreme anger: he flew into a passion
6.  the object of an intense desire, ardent affection, or enthusiasm
7.  an outburst expressing intense emotion: he burst into a passion of sobs
8.  philosophy
 a.  any state of the mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc, as contrasted with action
 b.  feelings, desires or emotions, as contrasted with reason
9.  the sufferings and death of a Christian martyr
[C12: via French from Church Latin passiō suffering, from Latin patī to suffer]

Passion (ˈpæʃən)
1.  the sufferings of Christ from the Last Supper to his death on the cross
2.  any of the four Gospel accounts of this
3.  a musical setting of this: the St Matthew Passion

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., "sufferings of Christ on the Cross," from O.Fr. passion, from L.L. passionem (nom. passio) "suffering, enduring," from stem of L. pati "to suffer, endure," from PIE base *pei- "to hurt" (cf. Skt. pijati "reviles, scorns," Gk. pema "suffering, misery, woe," O.E. feond "enemy, devil," Goth.
faian "to blame"). Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c.; meaning "strong emotion, desire" is attested from late 14c., from L.L. use of passio to render Gk. pathos. Replaced O.E. þolung (used in glosses to render L. passio), lit. "suffering," from þolian (v.) "to endure." Sense of "sexual love" first attested 1580s; that of "strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection" is from 1630s. The passion-flower so called from 1630s.
"The name passionflower -- flos passionis -- arose from the supposed resemblance of the corona to the crown of thorns, and of the other parts of the flower to the nails, or wounds, while the five sepals and five petals were taken to symbolize the ten apostles -- Peter ... and Judas ... being left out of the reckoning." ["Encyclopedia Brittanica," 1885]
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Bible Dictionary

Passion definition

Only once found, in Acts 1:3, meaning suffering, referring to the sufferings of our Lord.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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