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PASSIONS

Human emotions insofar as they are inordinate in purpose, intensity or duration. They are feelings somehow out of control, and involve a notable change in a person's bodily functions or activity. Less accurately, the passions are sometimes identified with any intense movement of the sensitive appetite, e.g., sex, anger, or hunger, accompanied by some organic change.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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