What does Zeal mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. zeal(noun)

    excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

    "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"

  3. readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness(noun)

    prompt willingness

    "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"


  1. zeal(Noun)

    The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

    Etymology: First coined in 1382, from zele, from zel, from zelus, from ζήλος, from ζηλόω. Cognate to jealous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zeal(noun)

    passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor

    Etymology: [F. zle; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. , probably akin to to boil. Cf. Yeast, Jealous.]

  2. Zeal(noun)

    a zealot

    Etymology: [F. zle; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. , probably akin to to boil. Cf. Yeast, Jealous.]

  3. Zeal(verb)

    to be zealous

    Etymology: [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

  1. Zeal

    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

  1. zeal

    The feeling you have before you secure the thing, as compared with "Stung," which is your condition after you have captured it.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. zeal

    A quality essentially requisite in forming the character of an efficient officer, since it comprehends ardour for the service, prompt obedience to orders, cheerful disposition, and a studious application to professional science.

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How to pronounce Zeal?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Zeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Zeal in a Sentence

  1. A. W. Pink:

    Peter exercised a zeal which was unregulated by knowledge

  2. B. J. Gupta:

    Creativity comes from zeal to do something, generally it is to make some money.

  3. Jeffrey Scott:

    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.

  4. Jeff Bezos:

    Someone energized by competitive zeal may select and be happy in one culture, while someone who loves to pioneer and invent may choose another.

  5. Louis D. Brandeis:

    Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. carry
    • B. moan
    • C. restore
    • D. emerge

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