ardor, ardour, elan, zeal(noun)
a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
"they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
"he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness(noun)
"readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.
Origin: First coined in 1382, from zele, from zel, from zelus, from ζήλος, from ζηλόω. Cognate to jealous.
passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor
to be zealous
Origin: [F. zle; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. , probably akin to to boil. Cf. Yeast, Jealous.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
zēl, n. boiling or passionate ardour for anything: enthusiasm.—n. Zeal′ant (Bacon), a zealot or enthusiast.—adj. Zeal′less, wanting zeal.—ns. Zealot (zel′ot), one full of zeal: an enthusiast: a fanatic: one of a fanatical Jewish party whose restless opposition to the Roman domination finally brought about the ruin of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.; Zealotism (zel′-), the character of a zealot; Zealotry (zel′-).—adj. Zealous (zel′-), full of zeal: warmly engaged or ardent in anything.—adv. Zealously (zel′-).—n. Zealousness (zel′-). [O. Fr. zele&mmdash;L. zelus—Gr. zēlos, zeein, to boil. Cf. Yeast.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The feeling you have before you secure the thing, as compared with "Stung," which is your condition after you have captured it.
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The numerical value of zeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of zeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
I don't think anybody would survive the political fallout of trying to bring this back, it's got religious zeal to it some camps.
Someone energized by competitive zeal may select and be happy in one culture, while someone who loves to pioneer and invent may choose another.
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Translations for zeal
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- zelCatalan, Valencian
- selogrwydd, sêlWelsh
- Eifer, BegeisterungGerman
- entusiasmo, fervor, ahínco, celoSpanish
- kiihko, into, intohimoFinnish
- assiduité, zèleFrench
- eudScottish Gaelic
- 熱情, 熱意Japanese
- ijver, geestdriftDutch
- iver, engasjementNorwegian
- ardoare, zelRomanian
- рвение, усердиеRussian
- iver, nitSwedish
- heves, hırs, şevkTurkish
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