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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grosvenor enjoyed hunting, but his ruling passion was racing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Newman's ruling passion was to establish the absoluteness of Christian doctrine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    fixation, consuming passion, passion, mania, idée fixe, compulsion, preoccupation, enthusiasm, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobby horse
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