Determination vs Passion - What's the difference?

determination | passion |

As nouns the difference between determination and passion

is that determination is the act of determining, or the state of being determined while passion is any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or hate.

As a verb passion is

(obsolete) to suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • The act of determining, or the state of being determined.
  • Bringing to an end; termination; limit.
  • Direction or tendency to a certain end; impulsion.
  • The quality of mind which reaches definite conclusions; decision of character; resoluteness.
  • (countable) The state of decision; a judicial decision, or ending of controversy.
  • (countable) That which is determined upon; result of deliberation; purpose; conclusion formed; fixed resolution.
  • A flow, rush, or tendency to a particular part; as, a determination of blood to the head.
  • (countable) The act, process, or result of any accurate measurement, as of length, volume, weight, intensity, etc.; as, the determination of the ohm or of the wave length of light; the determination of the salt in sea water, or the oxygen in the air.
  • The act of defining a concept or notion by giving its essential constituents.
  • The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
  • The act of determining the relations of an object, as regards genus and species; the referring of minerals, plants, or animals, to the species to which they belong; classification; as, I am indebted to a friend for the determination of most of these shells.
  • Derived terms

    * cellular determination




  • Any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or hate.
  • We share a passion for books.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • Fervor, determination.
  • An object of passionate or romantic love or strong romantic interest.
  • It started as a hobby, but now my motorbike collection has become my passion .
  • sexual intercourse, especially when very emotional
  • We shared a night of passion .
  • The suffering of Jesus leading up to and during his crucifixion.
  • A play, musical composition or display meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus.
  • (obsolete) Suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any suffering or distress.
  • a cardiac passion
  • * Wyclif Bible (Rom. viii. 18)
  • the passions of this time
  • (obsolete) The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition; opposed to action .
  • * John Locke
  • A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and, when set is motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it.
  • (obsolete) Capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • mouldable and not mouldable, scissible and not scissible, and many other passions of matter
  • (obsolete) An innate quality, property, or attribute of a thing.
  • to obtain the knowledge of some passion of the circle. (rfex)
  • (obsolete) Disorder of the mind; madness.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * ardor, fire in the belly, zeal

    Derived terms

    * passionflower * passion fruit, passionfruit * Passion Sunday * pash * passion pop


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Dumbly she passions , frantically she doteth.
  • To give a passionate character to.
  • (Keats)


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