heat of passion


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heat of passion

In forensic medicine, a state of mind that might influence one's propensity to commit violent or aggressive acts.
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This proposition is the idea that if the provocation was slight, the true cause of the heat of passion and consequent killing is the defendant's bad character.
If the heat of passion were inordinately strong, the spirits bypassed the brain altogether and moved directly to the penis, causing it to stiffen spontaneously.
The court rejected arguments that Bridgeman was only guilty of manslaughter because he acted in the heat of passion when he shot the 33-year-old on June 24, 2006.
Defense attorney Phil Zalewski argued that the fatal stabbings occurred in the heat of passion, which could have reduced the crime from murder to voluntary manslaughter.
You know, in the heat of passion." "Never--ind," she smiled at him, the ice cube sticking to her lower lip.
I do carry condoms but, sometimes, in the heat of passion, he won't bother and I let him go ahead without.
I especially wanted to point out how amazingly well Heath managed to pass the heat of passion and love on to the viewers so that I really felt like I had gone through the same feelings and experiences as the characters did in the movie.
Women, you've thrown caution to the wind in the heat of passion and gave in to an obstinate partner's reluctance to wear a condom.
Further, it is worth remembering that not every murder is committed in the heat of passion.
"And my advice is to always talk about protected sex before you are in the heat of passion. If your partner refuses to use protection, find another partner.