It appeared, in answer to my inquiries, that nobody had the least idea of the etymology of this terrible verb passive to be gormed; but that they all regarded it as constituting a most solemn imprecation.
— Never more, oh God forgive you, Steerforth! to touch that passive hand in love and friendship.
He was quite passive now; and when I heard him crying, the impulse that had been upon me to go down upon my knees, and ask their pardon for the desolation I had caused, and curse Steer— forth, yielded to a better feeling, My overcharged heart found the same relief, and I cried too.
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She plays a passive role in their relationship.
Watching television is too passive for me. I prefer more active hobbies.