Definitions for enthusiasmɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•thu•si•asmɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm(n.)

  1. lively, absorbing interest.

  2. something in which such interest is shown:

    Rock climbing is his latest enthusiasm.

  3. any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usu. associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.

    Category: Religion

Origin of enthusiasm:

1570–80; < LL enthūsiasmus < Gk enthousiasmós=enthousi(ázein) to be possessed by a god, irreg. der. of énthous, éntheos possessed by a god (en-en -2+-theos, adj. der. of theós)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enthusiasm(noun)

    a feeling of excitement

  2. exuberance, enthusiasm, ebullience(noun)

    overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

  3. enthusiasm(noun)

    a lively interest

    "enthusiasm for his program is growing"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enthusiasm(noun)ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm

    a feeling of excitement or eagerness to do sth

    the kids' enthusiasm for the story; The crowd cheered with enthusiasm.; the general lack of enthusiasm on the team

Wiktionary

  1. enthusiasm(Noun)

    Possession by a god; divine inspiration or frenzy.

  2. enthusiasm(Noun)

    Intensity of feeling; excited interest or eagerness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enthusiasm(noun)

    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

  2. Enthusiasm(noun)

    a state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm

  3. Enthusiasm(noun)

    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

  4. Enthusiasm(noun)

    lively manifestation of joy or zeal

Freebase

  1. Enthusiasm

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. enthusiasm

    The great hill-climber.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enthusiasm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3291

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enthusiasm' in Nouns Frequency: #1379


Translations for enthusiasm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

enthusiasm(noun)

strong or passionate interest

He has a great enthusiasm for travelling; He did not show any enthusiasm for our new plans.

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