Definitions for enthusiasm
ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əmen·thu·si·asm
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word enthusiasm.
a feeling of excitement
exuberance, enthusiasm, ebulliencenoun
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening brain. John Locke.
Imaging is, in itself, the very height and life of poetry, which, by a kind of enthusiasm, or extraordinary emotion of soul, makes it seem to us that we behold those things which the poet paints. John Dryden, Juv. Preface.
Enthusiasm is a state of intense interest, enjoyment, or eagerness for something, typically characterized by a high level of energy or excitement. It often results in active participation or engagement in the activity or subject one is enthusiastic about.
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
Etymology: [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
The great hill-climber.
An energetic passion or focus.
Her enthusiasm to unite people and promote working together for the optimum health, human rights, animal rights and shared prosperity of everyone was the truth and everyone knew and supported her honesty and truth.
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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
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
This is happening in an off year, in an off month -- we are on the tail end of summer -- so there was a lot of hand ringing in the summer, but no one was paying attention to the recall. There was no enthusiasm gap because there was no enthusiasm, the fact that it is all coming in the last month is normal and it just makes sense to me.
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.
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.
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
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Translations for enthusiasm
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- nadšení, entuziasmusCzech
- Begeisterung, Enthusiasmus, SchwärmereiGerman
- enthousiasme, passionFrench
- eudScottish Gaelic
- התפעלות, התלהבותHebrew
- ավյուն, խանդավառությունArmenian
- eldmóður, ákafiIcelandic
- foga, entusiasmoItalian
- 熱意, 情熱Japanese
- BegeeschterungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ഉത്സാഹം, താത്പര്യംMalayalam
- geestdrift, enthousiasmeDutch
- entusiasme, begeistringNorwegian
- oduševljenje, ùshit, entuzijàzam, zánosSerbo-Croatian
- heves, şevkTurkish
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