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en·thu·si·asm

 (ĕn-tho͞o′zē-ăz′əm)
n.
1. Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
2. A source or cause of great excitement or interest.
3. Archaic
a. Ecstasy arising from supposed possession by a god.
b. Religious fanaticism.

[Late Latin enthūsiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god, from entheos, possessed : en-, in; see en-2 + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

enthusiasm

(ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm)
n
1. ardent and lively interest or eagerness
2. an object of keen interest; passion
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
4. obsolete possession or inspiration by a god
[C17: from Late Latin enthūsiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be possessed by a god, from entheos inspired, from en-2 + theos god]

en•thu•si•asm

(ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm)

n.
1. lively, absorbing interest.
2. something in which such interest is shown: Rock climbing is his latest enthusiasm.
3. any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usu. associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.
[1570–80; < Late Latin enthūsiasmus < Greek enthousiasmós=enthousi(ázein) to be possessed by a god, irreg. derivative of énthous, éntheos possessed by a god (en- en-2 + -theos, adj. derivative of theós)]

Enthusiasm

 

See Also: ENERGY, EXCITEMENT

  1. (Parisians) applaud like pugilists —Janet Flanner
  2. As full of spirit as the month of May —William Shakespeare
  3. Drinking in every conceivable impression and experience like wine —George Garrett
  4. Eager as a deb waiting for the grand march —John MacDonald
  5. Eager as a horse player waiting for the 6th race —John MacDonald
  6. Eager as a hostess forcing leftovers on departing guests —Ira Wood
  7. Eager as a leashed terrier quivering to meet every challenge —Hallie Burnett
  8. (Looked as) eager as a morning hawk —Carlos Baker
  9. Eager as an understudy —Louis Monta Bell
  10. Eager as a sprinter at the starting gate —Donald McCaig
  11. Eager as bears for honey —David R. Slavitt
  12. Eager [to buy] … like a starving man at a banquet —Aaron Goldberg
  13. Enthusiasm flows from X like light from a bulb —Anon
  14. Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation —Kahlil Gibran
  15. (About as) enthusiastic as a guy going to the chair —H. C. Witwer
  16. Enthusiastic as a sommelier rhapsodizing about wine —Amal Kumar Naj, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 1986

    Naj used the sommelier simile in an article about chili to describe the enthusiasm of a man who grows chilis as a pastime.

  17. Fervor, whipping around … like the flags in the stiff breeze —Sumner Locke Elliott
  18. Follow [theatre’s artistic steps] with the joy of a Mets fan checking the morning box scores —Jack Viertel, New York Times, June 1, 1986
  19. Hearty as a friendly handshake —Anon
  20. Hearty … like a trombone thoroughly impregnated with cheerful views of life —Charles Reade
  21. Hot with haste —William Shakespeare
  22. Like a racehorse in the gate; I was mad to go —Irving Feldman
  23. Loved anatomy … as a mother her child —Dr. David W. Cheever

    The anatomy enthusiast described by Dr. Cheever is Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

  24. Stand like greyhounds in the slips straining upon the start —William Shakespeare
  25. Talked about it [business prospects] the way a man dying of thirst might talk about a cold beer —Mike Fredman
  26. With the avidity and determination of a housewife at a Macy’s white sale —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  27. With the fervor of castaways grasping at a smudge of smoke on the horizon —Ellery Queen
  28. Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment —Owen Feltham
  29. Zeal without judgment is like gunpowder in the hands of a child —Ben Jonson
  30. Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse —W. G. Benham
  31. Zeal without knowledge is like a fire without light —John Ray’s Proverbs
  32. Zeal without knowledge is like fire without a grate to contain it; like a sword without a hilt to wield it by; like a high-bred horse without a bridle to guide him —Julius Bate
  33. Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark —John Newton
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enthusiasm - a feeling of excitemententhusiasm - a feeling of excitement    
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
gusto, relish, zest, zestfulness - vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
exuberance - joyful enthusiasm
technophilia - enthusiasm for new technology
2.enthusiasm - overflowing with eager enjoyment or approvalenthusiasm - overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
lyricism - unrestrained and exaggerated enthusiasm
rabidity, rabidness, madness - unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm; "poetry is a sort of divine madness"
3.enthusiasm - a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
Anglomania - an excessive enthusiasm for all things English
balletomania - extraordinary enthusiasm for ballets
interest, involvement - a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music"

enthusiasm

noun
1. keenness, interest, passion, excitement, warmth, motivation, relish, devotion, zeal, zest, fervour, eagerness, ardour, vehemence, earnestness, zing (informal), avidity Her lack of enthusiasm filled me with disappointment.
2. interest, passion, rage, hobby, obsession, craze, fad (informal), mania, hobbyhorse the current enthusiasm for skateboarding

enthusiasm

noun
1. Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example:
2. A subject or activity that inspires lively interest:
Translations
حماسحَمَاسحَماس، تَحَمُّس
nadšení
entusiasmebegejstring
innostus
entuzijazamushitzanos
ákafi, brennandi áhugi
熱意
열의
entuziazmas
entuziasms
navdušenje
entusiasm
ความกระตือรือร้น
sự nhiệt tình

enthusiasm

[ɪnˈθuːzɪæzəm] N
1. (= excitement) → entusiasmo m (for por) without enthusiasmsin entusiasmo
the news aroused little enthusiasm in the White Housela noticia despertó poco entusiasmo en la Casa Blanca
the idea filled her with enthusiasmla idea la entusiasmó
to show enthusiasm for sthmostrarse entusiasmado por algo
see also work up A1
2. (= interest, hobby) → interés m
photography is one of her many enthusiasmsla fotografía es uno de sus muchos intereses

enthusiasm

[ɪnˈθjuːziæzəm] n
(= eagerness) → enthousiasme m
without enthusiasm → sans enthousiasme
to show enthusiasm → montrer de l'enthousiasme
(= interest) → passion f
enthusiasm for sth → passion pour qch

enthusiasm

n
Begeisterung f, → Enthusiasmus m(for für); she showed little enthusiasm for the schemesie zeigte sich von dem Plan nicht sehr begeistert; she has great enthusiasm for lifesie hat sehr viel Lebensfreude; I can’t work up any enthusiasm for going outich kann mich gar nicht dafür begeistern, auszugehen; I can’t work up any enthusiasm for the ideaich kann mich für die Idee nicht begeistern; the idea filled her with enthusiasmdie Idee begeisterte sie
(= interest)Interesse nt; (= passion)Leidenschaft f; photography is one of her many enthusiasmsFotografieren ist eines ihrer vielen Interessen/Leidenschaften; he has many enthusiasmser kann sich für viele Dinge begeistern

enthusiasm

[ɪnˈθuːzɪˌæzm] nentusiasmo
it failed to arouse my enthusiasm → non mi ha entusiasmato

enthusiasm

(inˈθjuːziӕzəm) noun
strong or passionate interest. He has a great enthusiasm for travelling; He did not show any enthusiasm for our new plans.
enˈthusiast noun
a person filled with enthusiasm. a computer enthusiast.
enˌthusiˈastic adjective
(negative unenthusiastic) full of enthusiasm or approval. an enthusiastic mountaineer.
enˌthusiˈastically adverb

enthusiasm

حَمَاس nadšení entusiasme Enthusiasmus ενθουσιασμός entusiasmo innostus enthousiasme entuzijazam entusiasmo 熱意 열의 enthousiasme entusiasme entuzjazm entusiasmo энтузиазм entusiasm ความกระตือรือร้น heves sự nhiệt tình 积极性

enthusiasm

n. entusiasmo.
References in classic literature ?
I do not believe that in the whole course of my reading, and not even in the early moment of my literary enthusiasms, I have known such utter satisfaction in any writer, and this supreme joy has come to me at a time of life when new friendships, not to say new passions, are rare and reluctant.
I know that on such occasions there is much that comes to the surface that is superficial and deceptive, but I have had experience enough not to be deceived by mere signs and fleeting enthusiasms.
Irish, Germans, French, Scotch, all the heterogeneous units which make up the population of Maryland shouted in their respective vernaculars; and the "vivas," "hurrahs," and "bravos" were intermingled in inexpressible enthusiasm.
His enthusiasm was sincere and his criticism acute.
If "nobleness enkindleth nobleness," so does enthusiasm beget enthusiasm, and so do wit and talent enkindle wit and talent.
And this will be easily known if we feel our dispositions any way influenced thereby; and that they are so is evident from many other instances, as well as the music at the Olympic games; and this confessedly fills the soul with enthusiasm; but enthusiasm is an affection of the soul which strongly agitates the disposition.
A CONVENTION of female writers, which for two days had been stuffing Woman's couch with goose-quills and hailing the down of a new era, adjourned with unabated enthusiasm, shouting, "Place aux dames
A Carpenter, with equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable method of defense.
If at the beginning of the enterprise they had excited such emotion both in the old and new world, with what enthusiasm would they be received on their return
But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection.
The English-speaking German gentleman who went with me to the opera there was brimming with enthusiasm over that tenor.