PAS'SION, noun [Latin passio, from patior, to suffer.]
1. The impression or effect of an external agent upon a body; that which is suffered or received.
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.
2. Susceptibility of impressions from external agents.
The differences of moldable and not moldable, etc., and many other passions of matter, are plebeian notions. [Little used.]
3. Suffering; emphatically, the last suffering of the Savior.
To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs. Acts 1:3.
4. The feeling of the mind, or the sensible effect of impression; excitement, perturbation or agitation of mind; as desire, fear, hope, joy, grief, love, hatred. The eloquence of the orator is employed to move the passions.
5. Violent agitation or excitement of mind, particularly such as is occasioned by an offense, injury or insult; hence, violent anger.
6. Zeal; ardor; vehement desire.
When statesmen are ruled by faction and interest, they can have no passion for the glory of their country.
He owned his passion for Amestris.
8. Eager desire; as a violent passion for fine clothes.
PAS'SION, verb intransitive To be extremely agitated. [Not used.]