What does zealous mean?

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ˈzɛl əszeal·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avid, zealousadjective

    marked by active interest and enthusiasm

    "an avid sports fan"


  1. zealousadjective

    Full of zeal; ardent, fervent; exhibiting enthusiasm or strong passion.

  2. Etymology: From ζήλος, from ζηλόω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Zealousadjective

    Ardently passionate in any cause.

    Etymology: from zeal.

    Our hearts are right with God, and our intentions pious, if we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity, and in actions of religion we be zealous, active, and operative, so far as prudence will permit. Taylor.

    This day, at height of noon, came to my sphere,
    A spirit, zealous, as he seem’d to know
    More of the Almighty’s works. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    We should be not only devout towards God, but zealous towards men; endeavouring by all prudent means to recover them out of those snares of the devil, whereby they are taken captive. Decay of Piety.

    It is not at all good to be zealous against any person, but only against their crimes. It is better to be zealous for things than for persons: but then it should be only for good things; a rule that does certainly exclude all manner of zeal for ill things, all manner of zeal for little things. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Being instructed only in the general, and zealous in the main design; and as finite beings, not admitted into the secrets of government, the last resorts of providence, or capable of discovering the final purposes of God, they must be sometimes ignorant of the means conducing to those ends in which alone they can oppose each other. Dryden.


  1. Zealous

    The Zealots were a political movement in 1st-century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the First Jewish–Roman War (66–70). Zealotry was the term used by Josephus for a "fourth sect" or "fourth Jewish philosophy" during this period.


  1. zealous

    Zealous refers to having or showing a great amount of energy, enthusiasm, or passion towards a task, aim, or belief. It often implies a fervent or fanatical level of dedication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zealousadjective

    filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or ardent, in behalf of an object

  2. Zealousadjective

    filled with religious zeal

  3. Etymology: [LL. zelosus. See Zeal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zealous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zealous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of zealous in a Sentence

  1. Koji Niisato:

    It seems there were zealous doctors who took the law up systematically, promoting it as a truly noble way to save the nation.

  2. Martin Heinrich:

    Madame Chair, my time is expired but I would urge us to not take quite the zealous approach that the House of Representatives took but to find a fair and transparent way for taxpayers to be compensated for these minerals.

  3. Judge Garaufis ':

    This interaction between the( MasterCard) settlement and the( Amex) settlement agreement illustrates why Friedman's apparent collaboration with Keila Ravelo is so troubling, friedman's ability to be a zealous advocate for the class was compromised by his collaboration with counsel for MasterCard, an entity with interests divergent to those of the class ; there is reason to be concerned that he was not acting solely in the class's interests when he, teamed with Keila Ravelo, engaged in settlement negotiations and decision-making.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence So sweet is zealous contemplation.

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