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zeal

 (zēl)
n.
Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal. See Synonyms at passion.

[Middle English zele, from Old French zel, from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos.]
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zeal

(ziːl)
n
fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration
[C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos]
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zeal

(zil)

n.
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; ardor.
[1350–1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos]
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Zeal

 of zebras: zebras collectively.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zeal - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
2.zeal - excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, ardor, ardour, fire - feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
3.zeal - prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
willingness - cheerful compliance; "he expressed his willingness to help"
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zeal

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zeal

noun
Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example:
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Translations
حماسحَماسَه، حَمِيَّه
horlivost
entusiasme
intointohimokiihko
ákafi, brennandi áhugi
aizrautībadedzība
ivernit

zeal

[ziːl] Ncelo m, entusiasmo m (for por)
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zeal

[ˈziːl] n (= keenness) → zèle m
zeal for sth → zèle m pour qch
reforming zeal → zèle m réformateur
religious zeal → zèle m religieux
revolutionary zeal → zèle m révolutionnaire
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zeal

n no plEifer m; to work with great zealmit Feuereifer arbeiten; he is full of zeal for the causeer ist mit Feuereifer bei der Sache
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zeal

[ziːl] n (fervour) → zelo; (enthusiasm) → entusiasmo
zeal for → ansia di
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zeal

(ziːl) noun
enthusiasm or keenness.
zealous (ˈzeləs) adjective
enthusiastic; keen. He is a zealous supporter of our cause.
ˈzealously adverb
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References in classic literature ?
Le Grand, with all his zeal for the Roman church, appears to have seen them.
An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty.
If kingdom move thee not, let move thee zeal And duty--zeal and duty are not slow, But on Occasion's forelock watchful wait: They themselves rather are occasion best-- Zeal of thy Father's house, duty to free Thy country from her heathen servitude.
Thenceforward he pursued that plan, and by zeal and diligence rose to be Chief, and sobriety is unknown in the region subject to his sway.
"Indeed we would," cried Cecily, forgetting her timidity in her zeal. "I just wish I had a chance to prove it to you."
And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new It was matter for general remark, Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view In his zeal to discover the Snark
My zeal prompts me to disclose this to your Majesty.
"Laurence," said his Grandfather, "if ever you should doubt that man is capable of disinterested zeal for his brother's good, then remember how the apostle Eliot toiled.
The zeal of the religious fanatic whose altar has been desecrated was triply enhanced by the rage of a woman scorned.
The same zeal for self-improvement, which led him to steal the much coveted arts of reading and writing, amid all the toil and discouragements of his early life, still led him to devote all his leisure time to self-cultivation.
These works, which I owe to the high talents and disinterested zeal of the above distinguished authors, could not have been undertaken, had it not been for the liberality of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, who, through the representation of the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer, have been pleased to grant a sum of one thousand pounds towards defraying part of the expenses of publication.
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.