Zeal

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Zeal \Zeal\, verb (used without an object) To be zealous. [Obs. & R.] --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Zeal \Zeal\ (z[=e]l), noun [F. z['e]le; cf. Pg. & It. zelo, Sp. zelo, celo; from L. zelus, Gr. ?, probably akin to ? to boil. Cf. {Yeast}, {Jealous}.]

1. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor. "Ambition varnished o'er with zeal." --Milton. "Zeal, the blind conductor of the will." --Dryden. "Zeal's never-dying fire." --Keble.

I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. --Rom. x. 2.

A zeal for liberty is sometimes an eagerness to subvert with little care what shall be established. --Johnson.

2. A zealot. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

zeal

noun

1: 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" [syn: {ardor}, {ardour}, {elan}, {zeal}]

2: excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"

3: 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" [syn: {readiness}, {eagerness}, {zeal}, {forwardness}]


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