noun Etymology: Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be inspired, irregular from entheos inspired, from en- + theos god Date: 1603 1. a. belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit b. religious fanaticism 2. a. strong excitement of feeling ; ardor <
did her work with energy and enthusiasm
b. something inspiring zeal or fervor <
his enthusiasms include sailing and fishing
Synonyms: see passion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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