Definition of ruling passion in English:

ruling passion


  • An interest or concern that occupies a large part of someone's time and effort.

    ‘football remained their ruling passion’
    • ‘Although the blues was his ruling passion, Lomax also documented and recorded church music, field hollers, prison songs, and the many other streams that flowed into the blues.’
    • ‘His diary chronicles the family affairs and bears few traces of his personal tastes and individuality: a ‘feeling for the casato’ was his ruling passion.’
    • ‘In short, Mario O'Hara appears to have a tangential relationship with film-making - he has had something to do with it at one time or another, but it isn't the ruling passion of his life.’
    • ‘Newman's ruling passion was to establish the absoluteness of Christian doctrine.’
    • ‘Science or not, astrology will continue to engage all Indians, and many who are not Indians too, and it has become the ruling passion of Muthkur, a bachelor in his sixties, to keep on proving himself right.’
    • ‘Deborah happily took up a supporting role to his ruling passion, but, when she recalls her husband's compulsive, workaholic schedule of those years, she appears to be searching for clues to his impending crisis.’
    • ‘The peculiar and preponderant fact that marks those ages as its own is the equality of condition; the ruling passion of men in those periods is the love of this equality.’
    • ‘Grosvenor enjoyed hunting, but his ruling passion was racing.’
    • ‘It was a flammable match between two very different emotional extremists: Maria had one ruling passion, to create a future for herself through her daughter.’
    fixation, consuming passion, passion, mania, idée fixe, compulsion, preoccupation, enthusiasm, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobby horse
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