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Powerful, intense passion

Common clues: Passion; Fire; Fervor; Spirit; Enthusiasm; Zeal; Warmth; Hot blood; Eagerness; Intense devotion

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A doting father is not simply surprised when his little girl grows up, he is crushed. His love may have an invisible price tag that sounds a shrill alarm when she edges toward independence, planting the notion that without his vigilant ardor she can never feel safe. He will always be there for her—as long as she still worships him, still turns only to him for solace and wisdom.-- Victoria Secunda, U.S. psychologist and author

Passion (from Latin verb patior meaning to suffer or to endure) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love. Passion can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea, person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for something when he has a strong positive affinity for it. A love for something and a passion for something are often used synonymously.

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ARDOR (149) 38 We >1 07 Passion MANIA

35 Tu+ >1 07 Zeal

12 Th- >1 07 Fire BLAZE LETGO SHOOT

8 Tu >1 03 Fervor GUSTO MANIA

6 We- >1 08 Intense devotion

5 We+ >1 07 Fervency


4 Tu >1 08 Enthusiasm GUSTO HEART VERVE

4 We >1 04 Intensity

04 Strong devotion

4 Th+ >1 96 Warmth

3 Th >1 02 Hot blood

3 Tu >1 98 Intense feeling

2 Th LAT 00 Devotion PIETY

2 Th NYT 04 Eagerness

2 We >1 06 Fiery feeling

2 Tu >1 91 Verve GUSTO

07 Deep passion

1 We NYT 87 Elan VERVE

1 We CSy 97 Emotional intensity

1 We CSy 07 Extreme energy

1 We CSy 03 Extreme passion

1 Th NYS 07 Fire in the belly

1 We NYT 94 Fire of the mind