What does enthusiasm mean?

Definitions for enthusiasm
ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əmen·thu·si·asm

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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"

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

    Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See Entheal, Theism.]

  2. Enthusiasm(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See Entheal, Theism.]

  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

    Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See Entheal, Theism.]

  4. Enthusiasm(noun)

    lively manifestation of joy or zeal

    Etymology: [Gr. , fr. to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. , , inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See Entheal, Theism.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enthusiasm

    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

  1. enthusiasm

    The great hill-climber.

Editors Contribution

  1. enthusiasm

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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

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How to say enthusiasm in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enthusiasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enthusiasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of enthusiasm in a Sentence

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    My concern, by the statements made by President President Donald Trump, is that you set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting. You make people we're trying to help wonder about The US. And as they get bolder, the people we're trying to help are going to get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq. And I'm now seeing it in Syria, every American wants our troops to come home, but I think all of us want to make sure that when they do come home, we're safe.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.

  3. Janet Woodcock:

    The problem with convalescent plasma is the great enthusiasm about it, it exceeded anyone's expectation as far as the demand.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If you strive to become a really good leader, then you should know these Top Ten Differances between "Boss" and "Leader": 1. The boss drives people (nuts); while the leader coaches them. 2. The boss depends upon and survives on authority; the leader on good will. 3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. 4 .The boss always says ‘I’; the leader says ‘we.’ 5. The boss says to subordinates ‘Get here on time’; the leader gets there ahead of time. 6. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. 7. The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how it can be done in a better manner. 8. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work an enjoyable game. 9. The boss says ‘Go’; the leader says ‘Let’s go.’ 10. The boss justifies or lays blame – the leader takes responsibilit and accountability.

  5. Stanley Baldwin:

    It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to tell the truth.

Images & Illustrations of enthusiasm

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