zestfulness


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zest

 (zĕst)
n.
1.
a. Flavor or piquancy: a spice that lends zest to the sauce.
b. Interest or excitement: "A spiral staircase always adds zest to a setting" (P. J. O'Rourke).
c. The outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, used as flavoring: added a pinch of grated zest.
2. Spirited enjoyment; gusto: "At 53 he retains all the heady zest of adolescence" (Kenneth Tynan).
tr.v. zest·ed, zest·ing, zests
To remove small pieces from (a rind from a citrus fruit) for use as a flavoring in cooking: zested the lemon.

[Obsolete French zest, orange or lemon peel (now spelled zeste), bitter woody membrane dividing the kernel inside a walnut shell, citrus zest, from Middle French, alteration (perhaps influenced by zeste, onomatopoetic word used to imitate the sound of a hit or blow) of earlier zec, something of little value or importance, probably of imitative origin (expressing the idea of smallness).]

zest′ful adj.
zest′ful·ly adv.
zest′ful·ness n.
zest′y adj.
Synonyms: zest, gusto, relish
These nouns denote keen, hearty pleasure or appreciation: ate the delicious meal with zest; told the amusing story with gusto; has no relish for repetitive work.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zestfulness - vigorous and enthusiastic enjoymentzestfulness - vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
enjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good time
enthusiasm - a feeling of excitement
References in classic literature ?
And here on the crest, three hours afterward, he emerged, tired and sweaty, garments torn and face and hands scratched, but with sparkling eyes and an unwonted zestfulness of expression.
These folks knew of the depredations of the group they were joining - they were not under-educated oafs, just youngsters on whom youth was wasted - but they needed, in some perverted way, to believe that a perfect social system can exist somewhere in the Muslim world, a system that not only embodied the zestfulness of their deepest ideals, but one that affirmed their suspicions about the purported decadence, or fassad, in their own societies, East and West.
Even his contemporaries across the arts were seized by the zestfulness of the sporting life, from Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos, Archibald MacLeish, Robert McAlmon, and Harold Loeb, to Alfred Jarry, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, and Pablo Picasso, to name a few.