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PASSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Passion mean? 

PASSION (noun)
  The noun PASSION has 7 senses:

1. strong feeling or emotion
2. the trait of being intensely emotional
3. something that is desired intensely
4. an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
5. a feeling of strong sexual desire
6. any object of warm affection or devotion
7. the suffering of Jesus at the crucifixion

  Familiarity information: PASSION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PASSION (noun)


Sense 1passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strong feeling or emotion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

passion; passionateness

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "passion"):

infatuation (foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration)

abandon; wildness (a feeling of extreme emotional intensity)

ardor; ardour; fervency; fervidness; fervor; fervour; fire (feelings of great warmth and intensity)

storminess (violent passion in speech or action)


Sense 2passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being intensely emotional

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

passion; heat; warmth

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

emotionalism; emotionality (emotional nature or quality)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "passion"):

fieriness (a passionate and quick-tempered nature)


Sense 3passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is desired intensely

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

passion; rage

Context example:

his rage for fame destroyed him

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

desire (something that is desired)


Sense 4passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

cacoethes; mania; passion

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

irrational motive (a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "passion"):

pyromania (an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things)

phaneromania (an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting))

necromania; necrophilia; necrophilism (an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies)

monomania; possession (a mania restricted to one thing or idea)

logomania; logorrhea (pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking)

kleptomania (an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive)

egomania (an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs)

alcoholism; dipsomania; potomania (an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess)

agromania (an intense desire to be alone or out in the open)

trichotillomania (an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair)


Sense 5passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of strong sexual desire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

concupiscence; eros; physical attraction; sexual desire (a desire for sexual intimacy)


Sense 6passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any object of warm affection or devotion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

love; passion

Context examples:

the theater was her first love / he has a passion for cock fighting

Hypernyms ("passion" is a kind of...):

object (the focus of cognitions or feelings)


Sense 7Passion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The suffering of Jesus at the crucifixion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

Passion of Christ; Passion

Hypernyms ("Passion" is a kind of...):

agony; excruciation; suffering (a state of acute pain)


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