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 for Passion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Passion \Pas"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. passio, fr. pati, passus, to
     suffer. See Patient.]
     1. A suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any
        suffering or distress (as, a cardiac passion);
        specifically, the suffering of Christ between the time of
        the last supper and his death, esp. in the garden upon the
        cross. "The passions of this time." --Wyclif (Rom. viii.
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              To whom also he showed himself alive after his
              passion, by many infallible proofs.   --Acts i. 3.
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     2. The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external
        agent or influence; a passive condition; -- opposed to
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              A body at rest affords us no idea of any active
              power to move, and, when set in motion, it is rather
              a passion than an action in it.       --Locke.
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     3. Capacity of being affected by external agents;
        susceptibility of impressions from external agents. [R.]
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              Moldable and not moldable, scissible and not
              scissible, and many other passions of matter.
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     4. The state of the mind when it is powerfully acted upon and
        influenced by something external to itself; the state of
        any particular faculty which, under such conditions,
        becomes extremely sensitive or uncontrollably excited; any
        emotion or sentiment (specifically, love or anger) in a
        state of abnormal or controlling activity; an extreme or
        inordinate desire; also, the capacity or susceptibility of
        being so affected; as, to be in a passion; the passions of
        love, hate, jealously, wrath, ambition, avarice, fear,
        etc.; a passion for war, or for drink; an orator should
        have passion as well as rhetorical skill. "A passion fond
        even to idolatry." --Macaulay. "Her passion is to seek
        roses." --Lady M. W. Montagu.
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              We also are men of like passions with you. --Acts
                                                    xiv. 15.
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              The nature of the human mind can not be sufficiently
              understood, without considering the affections and
              passions, or those modifications or actions of the
              mind consequent upon the apprehension of certain
              objects or events in which the mind generally
              conceives good or evil.               --Hutcheson.
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              The term passion, and its adverb passionately, often
              express a very strong predilection for any pursuit,
              or object of taste -- a kind of enthusiastic
              fondness for anything.                --Cogan.
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              The bravery of his grief did put me
              Into a towering passion.              --Shak.
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              The ruling passion, be it what it will,
              The ruling passion conquers reason still. --Pope.
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              Who walked in every path of human life,
              Felt every passion.                   --Akenside.
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              When statesmen are ruled by faction and interest,
              they can have no passion for the glory of their
              country.                              --Addison.
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     5. Disorder of the mind; madness. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     6. Passion week. See Passion week, below. --R. of Gl.
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     Passion flower (Bot.), any flower or plant of the genus
        Passiflora; -- so named from a fancied resemblance of
        parts of the flower to the instruments of the crucifixion
        of Christ.
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     Note: The flowers are showy, and the fruit is sometimes
           highly esteemed (see Granadilla, and Maypop). The
           roots and leaves are generally more or less noxious,
           and are used in medicine. The plants are mostly tendril
           climbers, and are commonest in the warmer parts of
           America, though a few species are Asiatic or
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     Passion music (Mus.), originally, music set to the gospel
        narrative of the passion of our Lord; after the
        Reformation, a kind of oratorio, with narrative, chorals,
        airs, and choruses, having for its theme the passion and
        crucifixion of Christ.
     Passion play, a mystery play, in which the scenes connected
        with the passion of our Savior are represented
     Passion Sunday (Eccl.), the fifth Sunday in Lent, or the
        second before Easter.
     Passion Week, the last week but one in Lent, or the second
        week preceding Easter. "The name of Passion week is
        frequently, but improperly, applied to Holy Week."
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     Syn: Passion, Feeling, Emotion.
     Usage: When any feeling or emotion completely masters the
            mind, we call it a passion; as, a passion for music,
            dress, etc.; especially is anger (when thus extreme)
            called passion. The mind, in such cases, is considered
            as having lost its self-control, and become the
            passive instrument of the feeling in question.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Passion \Pas"sion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Passioned; p. pr & vb.
     n. Passioning.]
     To give a passionate character to. [R.] --Keats.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Passion \Pas"sion\, v. i.
     To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be
     extremely agitated. [Obs.] "Dumbly she passions, frantically
     she doteth." --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a strong feeling or emotion [syn: passion,
      2: the trait of being intensely emotional [syn: heat,
         warmth, passion]
      3: something that is desired intensely; "his rage for fame
         destroyed him" [syn: rage, passion]
      4: an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
         [syn: mania, passion, cacoethes]
      5: a feeling of strong sexual desire
      6: any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was
         her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting"; [syn:
         love, passion]
      7: the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion [syn: Passion,
         Passion of Christ]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  384 Moby Thesaurus words for "passion":
     Alecto, Amor, Christian love, Eros, Megaera, Negro spiritual,
     Nemesis, Platonic love, Tisiphone, abandon, ache, aching,
     admiration, adoration, affect, affection, affectivity, agape,
     agitation, agony, amorousness, amour, andromania, animation,
     anthem, aphrodisia, appetence, appetency, appetite, appetition,
     ardency, ardor, aspiring, attachment, avidity, avidness, beloved,
     biological urge, blow, bluster, bodily appetite, bodily love,
     brawl, broil, brotherly love, brouhaha, bug, burning rage,
     cacophony, calenture, cantata, canticle, caritas, carnal desire,
     cathexis, chaos, charity, choice, chorale, church music, clawing,
     command, commitment, committedness, commotion, compulsion,
     conation, conatus, concern, concernment, concupiscence,
     conjugal love, convulsion, coveting, cramp, craving, craze,
     crazy fancy, cruciation, crucifixion, crush, curiosity, cut,
     decision, dedication, delirium, desideration, desire,
     determination, devotedness, devotion, devoutness, discretion,
     disposition, distress, disturbance, dolor, doxology, drive,
     eagerness, earnestness, ebullition, ecstasy, embroilment, emotion,
     emotional charge, emotional shade, enthusiasm, eromania, eroticism,
     eroticomaniac, erotism, erotomania, eruption, excitement,
     experience, faith, faithful love, faithfulness, fanaticism, fancy,
     fantasy, fascination, feeling, feeling tone, ferment, fervency,
     fervidness, fervor, feverishness, fidelity, fieriness, fire,
     fire and fury, fit, flame, flap, fleshly lust, fomentation,
     fondness, foofaraw, foreboding, free choice, free love, free will,
     free-lovism, frenzy, fume, furious rage, furor, furor uterinus,
     furore, fury, fuss, glow, goatishness, gospel, gospel music, grief,
     gust, gusto, gut reaction, gynecomania, heart, heartiness,
     heartthrob, heat, heatedness, hell, hell upon earth, hero,
     hero worship, heroine, holocaust, hope, horme, horniness, horror,
     hot blood, hot pants, hubbub, hurrah, hurt, hymn, hymn-tune,
     hymnody, hymnology, hysteria, idol, idolatry, idolism, idolization,
     impassionedness, impression, inclination, indecency,
     infantile sexuality, infatuation, injury, intellectual curiosity,
     intensity, intention, intentness, interest, intoxication, introit,
     itch, keenness, laceration, lancination, lasciviousness, lesion,
     libidinousness, libido, lickerishness, like, likes, liking,
     liveliness, longing, love, lovemaking, loyalty, lust,
     lust for learning, lustfulness, lyricism, madness, mania,
     manic-depressive psychosis, married love, martyrdom, mass,
     matter of interest, mind, misery, motet, nasty blow, need,
     nightmare, nymphomania, objective, obsession, offertory,
     offertory sentence, oratorio, orgasm, orgy, outbreak, outburst,
     paean, pain, pandemonium, pang, panting, paroxysm, partiality,
     pash, passionateness, passions, persecution, physical love,
     pleasure, pleasure principle, polymorphous perversity,
     popular regard, popularity, predilection, presentiment,
     profound sense, prosodion, prurience, pruriency, psalm, psalmody,
     purgatory, rack, racket, rage, rapture, ravishment, reaction,
     recessional, regard, relish, requiem, requiem mass, resolution,
     response, row, ruckus, rumpus, sacred music, satyriasis, satyrism,
     savor, seizure, sensation, sense, sensuality, sensuousness,
     sentiment, seriousness, sex, sexual desire, sexual longing,
     sexual love, sexual passion, shine, shock, sincerity, sore,
     sore spot, soul, spasm, special interest, spirit, spiritedness,
     spiritual, spiritual love, storm, storminess, stress,
     stress of life, stroke, suffering, taste, tearing passion, tempest,
     tempestuousness, tender feeling, tender passion, tender spot,
     the Erinyes, the Eumenides, the Furies, thirst for knowledge,
     throes, torment, torture, towering rage, transport, truelove,
     tumult, tumultuousness, turbulence, turmoil, undercurrent, uproar,
     upset, urge, uxoriousness, vehemence, velleity, venereal appetite,
     verve, vigor, violence, vivaciousness, vivacity, volition, want,
     wanting, warmth, warmth of feeling, weakness, whirlwind,
     white spiritual, wildness, will, will and pleasure, will power,
     wish, wish fulfillment, worship, wound, wrench, yearning, yen,
     zeal, zealotry, zealousness, zest, zestfulness

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

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

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