February 14, 2013
- passion (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : the sufferings of Jesus between the night of the Last Supper and his death 2 a plural : the emotions in general b : strong feeling or emotion3 a : great affection : love b : a strong liking c : an object of desire or deep interest
- How do you use it?
- The mayor spoke with passion about preserving our town's historic buildings.
- Are you a word wiz?
Since it's Valentine's Day, we'd love it if you'd tell us which word you think comes from the same root as "passion"?"Passion" and "patient" both stem from the Latin root word "pati" meaning "to suffer." From their origins in Latin, both "passion" and "patient" passed through Anglo-French before entering English. It's easy to understand how "patient" might come from a word meaning "to suffer," because sometimes it's hard to be patient. To understand how "passion" arose from "pati," you have to know its earliest meaning, which referred to the sufferings of Jesus. "Passion" wasn't used specifically to mean "love" until the late 1500s. Other members of the "pati" family include "potent" and "compassion."