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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin passio 'suffering', from Latin pati 'to suffer'

passion

noun
     
pas‧sion W3
1 [uncountable and countable] a very strong feeling of sexual love [↪ desire]:
His eyes were burning with passion.
passion for
her passion for a married man
2 [uncountable and countable] a very strong belief or feeling about something
with passion
He spoke with considerable passion about the importance of art and literature.
The issue arouses strong passions.
3 [countable] a very strong liking for something
passion for
his passion for football
Gardening was her great passion.
4

fly into a passion

literary to suddenly become very angry

➔ crime of passion

at crime (5)

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