Enthusiasm En*thu"si*asm, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to be inspired or possessed by the god, fr. ?, ?, inspired: cf. enthousiasme. See {Entheal}, {Theism}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Enthusiasm is founded neither on reason nor divine revelation, but rises from the conceits of a warmed or overweening imagination. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. A state of impassioned emotion; transport; elevation of fancy; exaltation of soul; as, the poetry of enthusiasm. [1913 Webster]

Resolutions adopted in enthusiasm are often repented of when excitement has been succeeded by the wearing duties of hard everyday routine. --Froude. [1913 Webster]

Exhibiting the seeming contradiction of susceptibility to enthusiasm and calculating shrewdness. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

4. Lively manifestation of joy or zeal. [1913 Webster]

Philip was greeted with a tumultuous enthusiasm. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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