- absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.
- an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown: Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.
- any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.
Origin of enthusiasm
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Examples from the Web for overenthusiasm
Overenthusiasm in others rightly raises your suspicion, too.The Stars Predict Your Week
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September 24, 2011
- ardent and lively interest or eagerness
- an object of keen interest; passion
- archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
- obsolete possession or inspiration by a god
Word Origin and History for overenthusiasm
c.1600, from Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos "divine inspiration," from enthousiazein "be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy," from entheos "divinely inspired, possessed by a god," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + theos "god" (see Thea). Acquired a derogatory sense of "excessive religious emotion" (1650s) under the Puritans; generalized sense of "fervor, zeal" (the main modern sense) is first recorded 1716.