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Interest vs. Passion — What's the Difference?

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Interest

Interest, in finance and economics, is payment from a borrower or deposit-taking financial institution to a lender or depositor of an amount above repayment of the principal sum (that is, the amount borrowed), at a particular rate. It is distinct from a fee which the borrower may pay the lender or some third party.

Passion

Strong and barely controllable emotion
A man of impetuous passion

Interest

A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something
An interest in sports.

Passion

The suffering and death of Jesus
Meditations on the Passion of Christ

Interest

Something, such as a quality, subject, or activity, that evokes this mental state
Counts the theater among his interests.
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Passion

Strong or powerful emotion
A crime of passion.

Interest

Often interests Regard for one's own benefit or advantage; self-interest
It is in your best interest to cooperate. She kept her own interests in mind.

Passion

A powerful emotion, such as anger or joy
A spirit governed by intense passions.

Interest

A right, claim, or legal share
An interest in the new company.

Passion

A state of strong sexual desire or love
"His desire flared into a passion he could no longer check" (Barbara Taylor Bradford).

Interest

Something in which such a right, claim, or share is held
Has interests overseas.

Passion

The object of such desire or love
She became his passion.

Interest

A person or group of persons holding such a right, claim, or share
A petroleum interest.

Passion

Boundless enthusiasm
His skills as a player don't quite match his passion for the game.

Interest

Involvement with or participation in something
She has an interest in the quality of her education.

Passion

The object of such enthusiasm
Soccer is her passion.

Interest

A charge for a loan, usually a percentage of the amount loaned.

Passion

An abandoned display of emotion, especially of anger
He's been known to fly into a passion without warning.

Interest

An excess or bonus beyond what is expected or due.

Passion

The sufferings of Jesus in the period following the Last Supper and including the Crucifixion, as related in the New Testament.

Interest

An interest group.

Passion

A narrative, musical setting, or pictorial representation of Jesus's sufferings.

Interest

The particular cause supported by an interest group.

Passion

Martyrdom
The passion of Saint Margaret.

Interest

To arouse the curiosity or hold the attention of
Your opinions interest me.

Passion

A true desire sustained or prolonged.

Interest

To cause to become involved or concerned with
Tried to interest her in taking a walk.

Passion

Any great, strong, powerful emotion, especially romantic love or extreme hate.
We share a passion for books.

Interest

(Archaic) To concern or affect.

Passion

Fervor, determination.

Interest

The price paid for obtaining, or price received for providing, money or goods in a credit transaction, calculated as a fraction of the amount or value of what was borrowed.
Our bank offers borrowers an annual interest of 5%.

Passion

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.

Interest

Any excess over and above an exact equivalent

Passion

Sexual intercourse, especially when very emotional.
We shared a night of passion.

Interest

(uncountable) A great attention and concern from someone or something; intellectual curiosity.
He has a lot of interest in vintage cars.

Passion

The suffering of Jesus leading up to and during his crucifixion.

Interest

(uncountable) Attention that is given to or received from someone or something.

Passion

A display, musical composition, or play meant to commemorate the suffering of Jesus.

Interest

(countable) An involvement, claim, right, share, stake in or link with a financial, business, or other undertaking or endeavor.
When scientists and doctors write articles and when politicians run for office, they are required in many countries to declare any existing conflicts of interest.
I have business interests in South Africa.
She has an interest in the proceedings, and all stakeholders' interests must be protected.

Passion

(obsolete) Suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any suffering or distress.
A cardiac passion

Interest

(countable) Something or someone one is interested in.
Lexicography is one of my interests.
Victorian furniture is an interest of mine.
The main character's romantic interest will be played by a non-professional actor.

Passion

(obsolete) The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition

Interest

(uncountable) Condition or quality of exciting concern or being of importance.

Passion

(obsolete) The capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents.

Interest

Injury, or compensation for injury; damages.

Passion

(obsolete) An innate attribute, property, or quality of a thing.
[...] to obtain the knowledge of some passion of the circle.

Interest

The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively.
The iron interest;
The cotton interest

Passion

(obsolete) Disorder of the mind; madness.

Interest

To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing.
It might interest you to learn that others have already tried that approach.
Action films don't really interest me.

Passion

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

Interest

To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite.

Passion

(transitive) To give a passionate character to.

Interest

(obsolete) To cause or permit to share.

Passion

A suffering or enduring of imposed or inflicted pain; any suffering or distress (as, a cardiac passion); specifically, the suffering of Christ between the time of the last supper and his death, esp. in the garden upon the cross.
To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs.

Interest

To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work.
To love our native country . . . to be interested in its concerns is natural to all men.
A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages.

Passion

The state of being acted upon; subjection to an external agent or influence; a passive condition; - opposed to action.
A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and, when set in motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it.

Interest

To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; - often used impersonally.
Or rather, gracious sir,Create me to this glory, since my causeDoth interest this fair quarrel.

Passion

Capacity of being affected by external agents; susceptibility of impressions from external agents.
Moldable and not moldable, scissible and not scissible, and many other passions of matter.

Interest

To cause or permit to share.
The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God's hands.

Passion

The state of the mind when it is powerfully acted upon and influenced by something external to itself; the state of any particular faculty which, under such conditions, becomes extremely sensitive or uncontrollably excited; any emotion or sentiment (specifically, love or anger) in a state of abnormal or controlling activity; an extreme or inordinate desire; also, the capacity or susceptibility of being so affected; as, to be in a passion; the passions of love, hate, jealously, wrath, ambition, avarice, fear, etc.; a passion for war, or for drink; an orator should have passion as well as rhetorical skill.
We also are men of like passions with you.
The nature of the human mind can not be sufficiently understood, without considering the affections and passions, or those modifications or actions of the mind consequent upon the apprehension of certain objects or events in which the mind generally conceives good or evil.
The term passion, and its adverb passionately, often express a very strong predilection for any pursuit, or object of taste - a kind of enthusiastic fondness for anything.
The bravery of his grief did put meInto a towering passion.
The ruling passion, be it what it will,The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Who walked in every path of human life,Felt every passion.
When statesmen are ruled by faction and interest, they can have no passion for the glory of their country.

Interest

Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity.
So much interest have I in thy sorrow.

Passion

Disorder of the mind; madness.

Interest

Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.

Passion

Passion week. See Passion week, below.

Interest

Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit.
Divisions hinder the common interest and public good.
When interest calls of all her sneaking train.

Passion

To give a passionate character to.

Interest

A fee paid for the use of money; a fee paid for a loan; - usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars.
They have told their money, and let outTheir coin upon large interest.

Passion

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

Interest

Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered.
You shall have your desires with interest.

Passion

Strong feeling or emotion

Interest

The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.

Passion

Intense passion or emotion

Interest

A sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something;
An interest in music

Passion

Something that is desired intensely;
His rage for fame destroyed him

Interest

The power of attracting or holding one's interest (because it is unusual or exciting etc.);
They said nothing of great interest
Primary colors can add interest to a room

Passion

An irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

Interest

A reason for wanting something done;
For your sake
Died for the sake of his country
In the interest of safety
In the common interest

Passion

A feeling of strong sexual desire

Interest

A fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed;
How much interest do you pay on your mortgage?

Passion

Any object of warm affection or devotion;
The theater was her first love
He has a passion for cock fighting

Interest

A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly);
Sailing is her favorite pastime
His main pastime is gambling
He counts reading among his interests
They criticized the boy for his limited pursuits

Passion

The suffering of Jesus at the crucifixion

Interest

(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something;
They have interests all over the world
A stake in the company's future

Interest

(usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims;
The iron interests stepped up production

Interest

Excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Interest

Be on the mind of;
I worry about the second Germanic consonant

Interest

Be of importance or consequence;
This matters to me!

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