What does zeal mean?
Definitions for zeal
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ardor, ardour, elan, zealnoun
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, forwardnessnoun
"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.
Etymology: First coined in 1382, from zele, from zel, from zelus, from ζήλος, from ζηλόω. Cognate to jealous.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Passionate ardour for any person or cause.
Etymology: ζῆλος, zelus, Latin.
This present age, wherein zeal hath drowned charity and skill; meekness will not now suffer any man to marvel, whatsoever he shall hear reproved by whomsoever. Richard Hooker.
If I had had time to have made new liveries, I would have bestowed the thousand pound I borrowed of you: but it is no matter, this poor show doth better; this doth infer the zeal I had to see him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
O Cromwell, Cromwell!
Had I but serv’d my God with half the zeal
I serv’d my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies. William Shakespeare.
Among the seraphims
Abdiel, than whom none with more zeal ador’d
The Deity, and divine commands obey’d,
Stood up, and in a flame of zeal severe,
The current of his fury thus oppos’d. John Milton, Parad. Lost.
Zeal, the blind conductor of the will. Dryden.
She with such a zeal the cause embrac’d,
As women, where they will, are all in haste;
The father, mother, and the kin beside,
Were overborne by the fury of the tide. Dryden.
The princes applaud with a furious joy,
And the king seiz’d a flambeau with zeal to destroy. Dryden.
Seriousness and zeal in religion is natural to the English. John Tillotson, Sermons.
Good men often blemish the reputation of their piety by over-acting some things in their religion; by an indiscreet zeal about things wherein religion is not concerned. John Tillotson.
True zeal seems not to be any one single affection of the soul; but rather a strong mixture of many holy affections; rather a gracious constitution of the whole mind, than any one particular grace, swaying a devout heart, and filling it with all pious intentions; all not only uncounterfeit, but most fervent. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.
When the sins of a nation have provoked God to forsake it, he suffers those to concur in the most pernicious counsels for enslaving conscience, who pretend to the greatest zeal for the liberty of it. Edward Stillingfleet.
This rebellion has discovered to his majesty, who have espoused his interests with zeal or indifference. Joseph Addison, Freeh.
A scorn of flattery and a zeal for truth. Alexander Pope.
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
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
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.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Zeal is ranked #120901 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Zeal surname appeared 143 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Zeal.
92.3% or 132 total occurrences were White.
6.2% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
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The numerical value of zeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of zeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of zeal in a Sentence
A feverish display of over-zeal, At the first outset, is an obstacle To all success; water, however cold, Will penetrate the ground by slow degrees.
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost.
There is a holy, mistaken zeal in politics, as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves.
The peopling of North America is one of those things that has been for many years very contentious and a lot of archeologists hold views with almost religious zeal, one of the problems is that there is very few data points.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
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Translations for zeal
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- zelCatalan, Valencian
- selogrwydd, sêlWelsh
- Eifer, BegeisterungGerman
- entusiasmo, celo, fervor, ahíncoSpanish
- kiihko, intohimo, intoFinnish
- zèle, assiduitéFrench
- eudScottish Gaelic
- 熱情, 熱意Japanese
- geestdrift, ijverDutch
- engasjement, iverNorwegian
- zel, ardoareRomanian
- усердие, рвениеRussian
- nit, iverSwedish
- hırs, şevk, hevesTurkish
- حوصلہ افزائیUrdu
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