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“passion” in British English

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passionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈpæʃ.ən/ us /ˈpæʃ.ən/

B2 a very powerful feeling, for example of sexual attraction, love, hate, anger, or other emotion:

Football arouses a good deal of passion among its fans.
At school, his early interest in music developed into an abiding passion.
Politics and philosophy were his lifelong passions.
a passion for sth

C1 an extreme interest in or wish for doing something, such as a hobby, activity, etc.:

Anton has a consuming passion for science fiction.
passions [ plural ]

very powerful feelings:

Touch a man's property and his passions are immediately aroused.

More examples

  • As a teenager, I was consumed by passion for the boy next door.
  • The chance meeting awoke the old passion between them.
  • It was this passion for fast cars that led to his untimely death at the age of 43.
  • Her writing is full of passion and energy .
  • Flames of passion swept through both of them.

the Passionnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈpæʃ.ən/ us /ˈpæʃ.ən/

(Definition of “passion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“passion” in American English

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passionnoun

us /ˈpæʃ·ən/

passion noun (EMOTION)

[ C/U ] a powerful emotion or its expression, esp. the emotion of love, anger, or hate:

[ U ] romantic passion
[ C ] Passions were running high in the aftermath of the accident.

passion noun (STRONG INTEREST)

[ C ] something that you are strongly interested in and enjoy:

She has two passions in life – her cats and opera.

(Definition of “passion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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