Via French, from Latin passio (“suffering”), noun of action from perfect passive participle passus (“suffered”), from deponent verb patior (“I suffer”), from Proto-Indo-European *pe(i)- (“to hurt”), see also Old English feond (“devil, enemy”), Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌹𐌰𐌽 (faian, “to blame”).
- Any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or hate.
- We share a passion for books.
- He has an intense passion towards saving the rain-forest.
- 2011 January 16, Saj Chowdhury, “Sunderland 1 - 1 Newcastle”, BBC:
- That was partly because of a swirling wind that made precision passing difficult and also a derby atmosphere where the emphasis seemed to be on passion rather than football.
- Fervor, determination.
- An object of passionate or romantic love or strong romantic interest.
- It started as a hobby, but now my motorbike collection has become my passion.
- sexual intercourse, especially when very emotional
- We shared a night of passion.
- (Christianity) The suffering of Jesus leading up to and during his crucifixion.
- A play, musical composition or display meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus.
- (obsolete) An innate quality, property, or attribute of a thing.
- … to obtain the knowledge of some passion of the circle.
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- (obsolete) To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.
- Dumbly she passions, frantically she doteth.
- (transitive) To give a passionate character to.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Keats to this entry?)
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989
- IPA: [ˈpɑsːion]
- Hyphenation: pas‧si‧on
- Genitive singular form of passio.
passion f (plural passions)
Middle English 
passion (plural passions)
- passion, that which must be endured, suffering, pain; asf
- Þe uerþe article belongeþ to his passion. — Ayenbite of Inwyt, c1340
- Hij þat hated þe gloried hem in-myddes of þy passion. — Midland Prose Psalter, c1350
- The passions of this tyme ben not euene worthi to the glorie to comynge. — Romans 8:18, Wycliffite Bible, c1384
- He that felyth payne and passion Desyrith sore aftir alleggeaunce. — Life of Our Lady, c1450
- Þer was ane vsurar þat lay in passions of dead. — Alphabet of Tales, c1450
Middle French 
passion f (plural passions)
Old English 
Alternative forms 
passion f (nominative plural passione)
- passion of Christ
- ðaet Eghwilc messepriost gesinge fore Osuulfes sawle twa messan, twa fore Beornðryðe sawle; and aeghwilc diacon arede twa passione fore his sawle, twa for hire; — that Every mass-priest recites for Oswulf's soul two masses, two for Beornthryth's soul; and every deacon reads two passions for his soul. - Oswulf's Charters, c805
- 1916, John R. Clark, "A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students", passion
- Bosworth, J. (2010, March 21). An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online (T. N. Toller & Others, Eds.), passio