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These nouns denote powerful, intense emotion. Passion is a deep, overwhelming emotion: "There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy" (Richard Brinsley Sheridan).
The term may signify sexual desire or anger: "He flew into a violent passion and abused me mercilessly" (H.G. Wells).
Fervor is great warmth and intensity of feeling: "The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal" (William James).
Fire is burning passion: "In our youth our hearts were touched with fire" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
Zeal is strong, enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance: "Laurie [resolved], with a glow of philanthropic zeal, to found and endow an institution for ... women with artistic tendencies" (Louisa May Alcott).
Ardor is fiery intensity of feeling: "When ... Moby Dick was fairly sighted from the mast-heads, Macey, the chief mate, burned with ardor to encounter him" (Herman Melville).
- As passionate as shredded wheat —Lawrence Gilman
- The echoes of passion in the emptiness of a lonely heart is like the murmurings of wind and water in the silence of the wilderness —Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
- Genuine passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no impediment; it cannot go backward; it must go forward —Christian Nestell Bovee
- Hot as a forty-balled tomcat —Rita Mae Brown
- Instant passion is like instant coffee; it’s cheap and it’s quick and it makes you wish you had a percolator —Carla Lane, dialogue for heroine of English television sit-com “Solo,” broadcast April 7, 1987
- Our passions are in truth, like the phoenix. The old one burns away, the new one rises out of its ashes at once —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after —Jonathan Swift
- Our world passions are like so many lawyers wrangling and brawling at a bar —Owen Feltham
The comparison continues as follows: “Discretion is the lord-keeper of man that sits as judge, and moderation their contestations.”
- The passionate are like men standing on their heads; they see all things the wrong way —Plato
- Passionate men, like fleet hounds, are apt to over-run the scent —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
- Passion burned through her like a sunrise —Ellen Glasgow
- Passion is like crime; it does not thrive on the established order —Thomas Mann
- Passion is like genius: a miracle —Romain Rolland
- Passionless as a clam —Gertrude Atherton
- Passion … like a fire on the prairie that devours everything around it —W. Somerset Maugham
- Passion … like other violent excitements … throws up not only what is best, but what is worst and smallest, in men’s characters —Robert Louis Stevenson
- Passions and desires, like the two twists of a rope, mutually mix one with the other, and twine inextricably round the heart —Richard E. Burton
- Passions are like fire and water, good servants but bad masters —Alexander Pope
- Passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess —Francois due de La Rochefoucauld
- Passions are like the trout in a pond: one devours the others until only one fat old trout is left —Otto von Bismarck
- A passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger —Arthur Miller
- Passion … went over him like an ocean wave —Jean Stafford
At another point in her novel, The Mountain Lion, Stafford used the ocean waves comparison to describe the powerful smell of flowers.
|Noun||1.||passion - a strong feeling or emotion |
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
infatuation - a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, ardor, ardour, fire - feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
storminess - violent passion in speech or action; "frightened by the storminess of their argument"
|2.||passion - the trait of being intensely emotional|
fieriness - a passionate and quick-tempered nature
|3.||passion - something that is desired intensely; "his rage for fame destroyed him"|
desire - something that is desired
|4.||passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action|
irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
agromania - an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
dipsomania, potomania, alcoholism - an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
egomania - an intense and irresistible love for yourself and concern for your own needs
kleptomania - an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
phaneromania - an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
pyromania - an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
trichotillomania - an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
|5.||passion - a feeling of strong sexual desire|
|6.||passion - any object of warm affection or devotion; "the theater was her first love"; "he has a passion for cock fighting";|
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
|7.||Passion - the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion|
emotion hate, indifference, apathy, coolness, coldness, calmness, frigidity, unconcern
"In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self" [John Boorman journal entry]
"A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them" [Carl Gustav Jung Memories, Dreams, and Reflections]
his passion for accuracy → su pasión por la exactitud
I have a passion for shellfish → el marisco me apasiona
see also crime B
he spoke with great passion → habló con gran pasión
political passions are running high → las pasiones políticas están caldeadas
she has taken to golf with a passion → ha empezado a jugar al golf y le apasiona
to be in a passion → estar encolerizado
to do sth in a fit of passion → hacer algo en un arrebato or un arranque de cólera or pasión
to fly into a passion → montar en cólera, encolerizarse
a passion for sb → une passion pour qn
I had felt such extraordinary passion for this girl → J'avais éprouvé une passion si intense pour cette fille.
my passion for him → la passion que j'éprouve pour lui
to have a passion for sth → aver la passione di qc, avere una passione per qc
his passion for seafood → la sua passione per i frutti di mare
his passion for accuracy → il suo amore per la precisione
to get into a passion (about sth) → andare su tutte le furie (per qc)