zeal

  • 1 Zeal — • From delos, a derivative of deo to boil , to throb with heat Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Zeal     Zeal     † …

    Catholic encyclopedia

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

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  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 Zeal — eal, v. i. To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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  • 11 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

  • 12 zeal — [n] enthusiasm alacrity, ardor, bustle, determination, devotion, diligence, dispatch, drive, eagerness, earnestness, enterprise, fanaticism, fervor, fierceness, fire, gusto, hustle, inclination, initiative, intensity, intentness, keenness, mania …

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  • 13 zeal — ► NOUN ▪ great energy or enthusiasm for a cause or objective. ORIGIN Greek z los …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14 zeal — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, show zeal 2) ardent, fervent, great; excessive; religious; righteous zeal 3) zeal for (to show zeal for one s work) 4) the zeal to + inf. (does she have enough zeal to finish the project?) 5) in one s zeal (in her… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 zeal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ excessive ▪ crusading, ideological (esp. AmE), missionary, reforming (esp. BrE), religious, revolutionary …

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  • 16 zeal — [[t]zi͟ːl[/t]] N UNCOUNT Zeal is great enthusiasm, especially in connection with work, religion, or politics. ...his zeal for teaching... Mr Lopez approached his task with a religious zeal …

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  • 17 zeal — Used in NT in both a bad sense translated ‘jealousy’ (Acts 5:17, NRSV, REB, NJB) and a good sense (2 Cor. 7:7). Paul had a zeal for Judaism before he became an apostle for Christ (Gal. 1:14), and ‘zeal’ implied more than mere fervour but rather a …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 18 zeal — UK [ziːl] / US [zɪl] noun [uncountable] great energy, effort, and enthusiasm religious/revolutionary zeal In their zeal to industrialize, they got rid of too many farms …

    English dictionary

  • 19 zeal — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. earnestness, devotion, dedication; passion; soul, spirit, ardor, fervor, verve, enthusiasm, eagerness, warmth, energy; zealotry, fanaticism. See activity, feeling. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Enthusiasm]… …

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  • 20 zeal — [14] Zeal is closely related to jealousy. It comes via late Latin zēlus from Greek zélos ‘fervour, jealousy’. The medieval Latin derivative zēlōsus has left English a double legacy: zealous [16] and (via Old French) jealous. => JEALOUS …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins