enthusiasm

  • 1 Enthusiasm — ( gr. ἐνθουσιασμός enthousiasmos ) originally meant inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god. Johnson s Dictionary, the first comprehensive dictionary of the English language, defines enthusiasm as a vain belief… …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 enthusiasm — index ardor, compulsion (obsession), emotion, industry (activity), interest (concern), life …

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  • 4 enthusiasm — c.1600, from M.Fr. enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from L.L. enthusiasmus, from Gk. enthousiasmos divine inspiration, from enthousiazein be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy, from entheos divinely inspired, possessed by a… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 enthusiasm — fervor, ardor, *passion, zeal Antonyms: apathy Contrasted words: impassivity, phlegm, stolidity (see under IMPASSIVE): unconcern, detachment, aloofness, indifference (see corresponding adjectives at INDIFFERENT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 enthusiasm — [n] keen interest, excitement activity, ardency, ardor, avidity, conviction, craze, dash, devotion, eagerness, earnestness, ecstasy, élan, emotion, energy, exhilaration, fad, fanaticism, feeling, fervor, fever, fieriness, fire, flame, flare,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 enthusiasm — ► NOUN 1) intense enjoyment, interest, or approval. 2) an object of such feelings. 3) archaic, derogatory religious fervour supposedly resulting directly from divine inspiration. ORIGIN Greek enthousiasmos, from enthous possessed by a god …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 enthusiasm — [en tho͞o′zē az΄əm, enthyo͞o′zē az΄əm; intho͞o′zē az΄əm, inthyo͞o′zē azəm] n. [Gr enthousiasmos < enthousiazein, to be inspired, be possessed by a god, inspire < enthous, entheos, possessed by a god < en , in + theos, god: see THEO ] 1.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 enthusiasm — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ burning, enormous, extraordinary, immense, passionate, tremendous ▪ considerable, great ▪ little …

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  • 10 enthusiasm — en|thu|si|as|m W3 [ınˈθju:ziæzəm US ınˈθu: ] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Greek; Origin: enthousiasmos, from entheos filled (by a god) with sudden strong abilities , from theos god ] 1.) [U] a strong feeling of interest and enjoyment about something and …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 enthusiasm — n. 1) to arouse, kindle, stir up enthusiasm 2) to demonstrate, display, show; radiate enthusiasm 3) to dampen smb. s enthusiasm 4) boundless, great, unbounded, unbridled, wild enthusiasm 5) enthusiasm for 6) the enthusiasm to + inf. (they had… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 enthusiasm */*/ — UK [ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm] / US [ɪnˈθuzɪˌæzəm] noun Word forms enthusiasm : singular enthusiasm plural enthusiasms Metaphor: Enthusiasm and excitement are like heat and a lack of enthusiasm and excitement is like cold or wet. I haven t got any burning… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 enthusiasm — en|thu|si|asm [ ın θuzi,æzəm ] noun ** uncount the feeling of being very interested in something or excited by it: enthusiasm for: His enthusiasm for music has stayed strong throughout his 23 years in radio. dampen someone s enthusiasm (=reduce… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 enthusiasm — [[t]ɪnθju͟ːziæzəm, AM θu͟ː [/t]] ♦♦♦ enthusiasms 1) N VAR: oft N for n/ ing Enthusiasm is great eagerness to be involved in a particular activity which you like and enjoy or which you think is important. The lack of enthusiasm for unification… …

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  • 15 enthusiasm — noun 1 (U) a strong feeling of interest and enjoyment about something and an eagerness to be involved in it: Although she s a beginner, she played with great enthusiasm (+ for): He shares your enthusiasm for jazz. | lack of enthusiasm: the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 enthusiasm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. ecstasy, frenzy, fanaticism; fire, spirit, force; ardor, zeal, fervor, vehemence, eagerness; optimism, assurance. See feeling, hope, excitability, vigor. Ant., disinterest. II (Roget s IV) n. 1.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 enthusiasm — [17] Enthusiasm has had a chequered semantic history. Like giddiness, it meant originally ‘state of being inspired by a god’. It comes ultimately from Greek énthous or éntheos ‘possessed, inspired’, a compound formed from the prefix en ‘in’ and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 enthusiasm —    Great excitement for or interest in a subject or effort, or the source or cause of such great excitement or interest. An enthusiast is an enthusiastic person. Enthusiasm is an important ingredient in motivation to produce art, as well as to… …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 19 enthusiasm — [17] Enthusiasm has had a chequered semantic history. Like giddiness, it meant originally ‘state of being inspired by a god’. It comes ultimately from Greek énthous or éntheos ‘possessed, inspired’, a compound formed from the prefix en ‘in’ and… …

    Word origins

  • 20 enthusiasm — /en thooh zee az euhm/, n. 1. absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies. 2. an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown: Hunting …

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