passive voice
Definition - The grammatical voice where the sentence's subject is the verb's object.

Notes:
1. As opposed to the active voice where the sentence's subject is the verbal agent.

Example -
Rome was built in a day.
(The subject Rome is the object of the verb built.)

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1388:
"A participle of a present tens, either preterit, of actif vois, eithir passif, mai be resoluid into a verbe of the same tens, and a coniunccioun copulatif."
(Wyclif Prol. 57)



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