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Desire without passion, nominally (3)


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'nominally' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I cannot judge whether this works.

'desire without passion' is the wordplay.
'without' is a deletion indicator.
'passion' becomes 'ire' (I've seen this before).
'desire' with 'ire' removed is 'DES'.

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(Other definitions for des that I've seen before include "- O'Connor, Br. singer" , "and 9 Across: Former 'Countdown' host" .)

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