zeal
noun Etymology: Middle English zele, from Late Latin zelus, from Greek zēlos Date: 14th century eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something ; fervor Synonyms: see passion

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  • zeal — zeal; zeal·less; zeal·ot·ism; zeal·ot·ry; zeal·ous; zeal·ous·ly; zeal·ous·ness; zeal·ot; un·zeal·ous·ly; …   English syllables

  • zeal — [zi:l] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: zelus, from Greek zelos] eagerness to do something, especially to achieve a particular religious or political aim religious/revolutionary/missionary etc zeal ▪ He approached the job with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Zeal — eal (z[=e]l), n. [F. z[ e]le; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. ?, probably akin to ? to boil. Cf. {Yeast}, {Jealous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zeal — may refer to: * Zealotry, excessive ideological zeal * Zeal (web), an internet directory * Kingdom of Zeal, a kingdom in the Chrono Trigger video game * ZeAL indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario Canada * USS Zeal , a U.S. Navy minesweeper …   Wikipedia

  • zeal — [ zil ] noun uncount FORMAL a lot of energy, effort, and enthusiasm: religious/revolutionary zeal In their zeal to industrialize, they got rid of too many farms …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • zeal — (n.) late 14c., from L.L. zelus zeal, emulation (Cf. O.Fr. zel, It. zelo, Sp. celo), a Church word, from Gk. zelos zeal, ardor, jealousy, which is of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • zeal — [zēl] n. [ME zele < LL(Ec) zelus, zeal, emulation < Gr zēlos, zeal, ardor < IE base * yā , to be excited, praise > OSlav jaru, furious] intense enthusiasm, as in working for a cause; ardent endeavor or devotion; ardor; fervor SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • Zeal — eal, v. i. To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zeal — index adhesion (loyalty), ardor, compulsion (obsession), diligence (perseverance), emotion, indu …   Law dictionary

  • zeal — enthusiasm, fervor, ardor, *passion Analogous words: energy, force (see POWER): zest, gusto (see TASTE): earnestness, seriousness (see corresponding adjectives at SERIOUS): intensity, vehemence, fierceness (see corresponding adjectives at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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