a feeling of excitement
exuberance, enthusiasm, ebullience(noun)
overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval
a lively interest
"enthusiasm for his program is growing"
Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.
Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.
inspiration as if by a divine or superhuman power; ecstasy; hence, a conceit of divine possession and revelation, or of being directly subject to some divine impulse
a state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm
enkindled and kindling fervor of soul; strong excitement of feeling on behalf of a cause or a subject; ardent and imaginative zeal or interest; as, he engaged in his profession with enthusiasm
lively manifestation of joy or zeal
Origin: [Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See Entheal, Theism.]
Enthusiasm originally meant inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god. Johnson's Dictionary, the first comprehensive dictionary of the English language, defines enthusiasm as "a vain belief of private revelation; a vain confidence of divine favour or communication." In current English vernacular the word simply means intense enjoyment, interest, or approval. Originally, an enthusiast was a person possessed by a god. Applied by the Greeks to manifestations of divine possession, by Apollo, or by Dionysus, the term enthusiasm was also used in a transferred or figurative sense. Socrates taught that the inspiration of poets is a form of enthusiasm. Its uses were confined to a belief in religious inspiration, or to intense religious fervour or emotion. Thus, a Syrian sect of the 4th century was known as the Enthusiasts. They believed that "by perpetual prayer, ascetic practices and contemplation, man could become inspired by the Holy Spirit, in spite of the ruling evil spirit, which the fall had given to him". From their belief in the efficacy of prayer, they were also known as Euchites.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
en-thū′zi-azm, n. intense interest: intensity of feeling: passionate zeal.—n. Enthū′siast, one inspired by enthusiasm: one who admires or loves intensely.—adjs. Enthusias′tic, -al, filled with enthusiasm; zealous: ardent.—adv. Enthusias′tically. [Through L., from Gr. enthusiasmos, a god-inspired zeal—enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god—en, in, theos, a god.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'enthusiasm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3291
Rank popularity for the word 'enthusiasm' in Nouns Frequency: #1379
The numerical value of enthusiasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of enthusiasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
As the LHC is waking up, a lot of people are excited right now, there's a lot of enthusiasm here.
Momentum is weakening in the fourth quarter. While there is no reason to be pessimistic, it curbs some of the enthusiasm we had seen after the strong growth of the past two quarters.
Fun is fundamental. There is no way around it. You absolutely must have fun. Without fun, there is no enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, there is no energy. Without energy, there are only shades of gray.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
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Translations for enthusiasm
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- nadšení, entuziasmusCzech
- Enthusiasmus, Schwärmerei, BegeisterungGerman
- enthousiasme, passionFrench
- eudScottish Gaelic
- התלהבות, התפעלותHebrew
- ավյուն, խանդավառությունArmenian
- eldmóður, ákafiIcelandic
- foga, entusiasmoItalian
- 熱意, 情熱Japanese
- BegeeschterungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ഉത്സാഹം, താത്പര്യംMalayalam
- geestdrift, enthousiasmeDutch
- entusiasme, begeistringNorwegian
- zános, entuzijàzam, ùshit, oduševljenjeSerbo-Croatian
- şevk, hevesTurkish
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