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.
Peter exercised a zeal which was unregulated by knowledge
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.
Creativity comes from zeal to do something, generally it is to make some money.
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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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