Passion vs Enthusiasm - What's the difference?

passion | enthusiasm |

Enthusiasm is a synonym of passion.

As nouns the difference between passion and enthusiasm

is that passion is any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or hate while enthusiasm is possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.

As a verb passion

is to suffer pain or sorrow; to experience a passion; to be extremely agitated.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or hate.
  • We share a passion for books.
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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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  • (obsolete, or, historical) Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
  • * 1946 , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy , ch. 1
  • The intoxication that they sought was that of ‘enthusiasm ’, of union with the god.
  • Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
  • Something in which one is keenly interested.
  • * 1968 , Central States Archaeological Journal (volumes 15-16, page 154)
  • My main enthusiasm is attending and seeing the progress and interest of collectors, to meet old friends, and hopefully to make new friends.
  • * 2012 , Nicholas Joll, Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (page 23)
  • Other Adamsian enthusiasms included: fast cars; restaurants; Bach, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits;