Passion (Greek πασχω and late Latin (Christian theology) pati: “suffer”) is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person. It is particularly used in the context of romance or sexual desire, though it generally implies a deeper or more encompassing emotion than that implied by the term lust.
Denis Diderot describes passions as “penchants, inclinations, desires and aversions carried to a certain degree of intensity, combined with an indistinct sensation of pleasure or pain, occasioned or accompanied by some irregular movement of the blood and animal spirits, are what we call passions. They can be so strong as to inhibit all practice of personal freedom, a state in which the soul is in some sense rendered passive; whence the name passions. This inclination or so-called disposition of the soul, is born of the opinion we hold that a great good or a great evil is contained in an object which in and of itself arouses passion”.
He further breaks down pleasure and pain, which are the guiding principles of passion into four major categories:
Pleasures and pains of the senses
Pleasures of the mind or of the imagination
Our perfection or our imperfection of virtues or vices
Pleasures and pains in the happiness or misfortunes of others
Of or relating to fire.
Burning or glowing.
Inflammable or easily ignited.
Having the colour of fire.
Hot or inflamed.
Tempestuous or emotionally volatile.
“a fiery temper”
Spirited or filled with emotion.
Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic, sexual, or both.
Fired with intense feeling.
A passionate individual.
To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.
To express with great emotion.
consisting of fire or burning strongly and brightly
“a fiery pepper sauce”
“the sun was a fiery ball low on the hills”
having the bright colour of fire
“the car was painted a fiery red”
having a passionate and quick-tempered nature
“a fiery, imaginative Aries”
showing strong emotion, typically anger
“a fiery speech”
having, showing, or caused by strong feelings or beliefs
“he’s passionate about football”
“passionate pleas for help”
arising from intense feelings of sexual love
“a passionate kiss”