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pas·sion

(pash'ŭn),
1. Intense emotion.
2. Obsolete term for suffering or pain.
[L. passio, fr. patior, pp. passus, to suffer]

passion

A nonspecific term no longer used in medicine for:
(1) Intense emotion; 
(2) Pain and/or suffering.

passion

(pash′ŏn) [L. passio, suffering]
1. Suffering.
2. Great emotion or zeal.
References in classic literature ?
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.
By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.
'My Literary Passions.' They could not have been written in quite so many places as times, but they enjoyed a comparable variety of origin.
"Are you going to tell me that it is impossible?" exclaimed the king, in tones of cold, vindictive passion.
"This, sire," replied D'Artagnan: "you cause a man to be arrested when you are still under his roof; and passion is alone the cause of that.
She was vexed, too, that from all she could learn of this connection it was not that brilliant, graceful, worldly liaison which she would have welcomed, but a sort of Wertherish, desperate passion, so she was told, which might well lead him into imprudence.
She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions.
A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do.
But a further question arises: Is passion different from reason also, or only a kind of reason; in which latter case, instead of three principles in the soul, there will only be two, the rational and the concupiscent; or rather, as the State was composed of three classes, traders, auxiliaries, counsellors, so may there not be in the individual soul a third element which is passion or spirit, and when not corrupted by bad education is the natural auxiliary of reason
The spirit of the trapper was roused, his pride was piqued as well as his passion. He endeavored to prevail upon his quondam mistress to elope with him.
How we glow over these novels of passion, when the story is told with any spark of truth and nature!
And to say the truth, there is, in all points, great difference between the reasonable passion which women at this age conceive towards men, and the idle and childish liking of a girl to a boy, which is often fixed on the outside only, and on things of little value and no duration; as on cherry-cheeks, small, lily-white hands, sloe-black eyes, flowing locks, downy chins, dapper shapes; nay, sometimes on charms more worthless than these, and less the party's own; such are the outward ornaments of the person, for which men are beholden to the taylor, the laceman, the periwig-maker, the hatter, and the milliner, and not to nature.