zealous

  • 1 Zealous — eal ous (?; 277), a. [LL. zelosus. See {Zeal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Filled with, or characterized by, zeal; warmly engaged, or ardent, in behalf of an object. [1913 Webster] He may be zealous in the salvation of souls. Law. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 zealous — I adjective active, ardent, assiduous, attentive, bent upon, dedicated, desirous, devoted, devout, eager, earnest, enthusiastic, fanatical, fervent, fervid, fiery, hearty, impassioned, impetuous, industrious, infatuated, keen, loving, passionate …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 zealous — (ad.) 1520s, from M.L. zelosus (source of It. zeloso, Sp. celoso), from zelus (see ZEAL (Cf. zeal)). Related: Zealously, zealousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 zealous — [adj] enthusiastic afire, antsy*, ardent, avid, burning, coming on strong*, dedicated, devoted, eager, earnest, fanatic, fanatical, fervent, fervid, fireball*, fired, frenetic, gungho*, hot*, impassioned, itchy*, keen, obsessed, passionate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 zealous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing zeal. DERIVATIVES zealously adverb zealousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 zealous — [zel′əs] adj. [ML zelosus < LL(Ec) zelus: see ZEAL] full of, characterized by, or showing zeal; ardently devoted to a purpose; fervent; enthusiastic zealously adv. zealousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 zealous — zeal|ous [ˈzeləs] adj someone who is zealous does or supports something with great energy ▪ a zealous preacher ▪ zealous political activists be zealous in (doing) sth ▪ No one was more zealous than Neil in supporting the proposal. >zealously… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 zealous — [[t]ze̱ləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is zealous spends a lot of time or energy in supporting something that they believe in very strongly, especially a political or religious ideal. She was a zealous worker for charitable bodies... He was a… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 zealous — adj. zealous about, in * * * [ zeləs] in zealous about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 zealous — adjective Date: 1526 filled with or characterized by zeal ; marked by fervent partisanship for a person, a cause, or an ideal < zealous missionaries > • zealously adverb • zealousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 zealous — See jealous. See jealous, zealous …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 12 zealous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. fervent, devoted, ardent; see enthusiastic 2 , 3 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [ZEL us] enthusiastic, passionate. He was a zealous supporter of gun control. SYN.: enthusiastic, passionate, devoted …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 zealous — adjective extremely enthusiastic about something that you believe in very strongly and behaving in a way that shows this: a zealous preacher zealously adverb zealousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 zealous — adjective a zealous worker Syn: fervent, ardent, fervid, fanatical, passionate, impassioned, devout, devoted, committed, dedicated, hard core, enthusiastic, eager, keen, overkeen, avid, card carrying, vigorous, energe …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 zealous — zealously, adv. zealousness, n. /zel euhs/, adj. full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent. [1520 30; < ML zelosus. See ZEAL, OUS] Syn. enthusiastic, eager, fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 16 zealous — adjective /ˈzɛləs/ Full of zeal; ardent, fervent. Syn: zealotic, ardent, eager, enthusiastic Ant: indifferent, apathet …

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  • 17 zealous — Synonyms and related words: abandoned, ablaze, acquiescent, afire, agitated, agreeable, alacritous, all overish, amenable, anxious, anxioused up, apprehensive, ardent, assiduous, avid, boiling over, bothered, breathless, buggy, bugs, burning,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 zealous — zeal|ous [ zeləs ] adjective FORMAL full of a lot of energy, effort, and enthusiasm, especially in your political or religious ideas ╾ zeal|ous|ly adverb ╾ zeal|ous|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 zealous — zeal·ous || zelÉ™s adj. excited, passionate …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 zealous — [ zɛləs] adjective having or showing zeal. Derivatives zealously adverb zealousness noun …

    English new terms dictionary


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