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enthusiastic

[en-thoo-zee-as-tik]
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adjective
  1. full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent: He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.

Origin of enthusiastic

From the Greek word enthousiastikós, dating back to 1595–1605. See enthusiast, -ic
Related formsen·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivean·ti·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivehy·per·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivenon·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectiveo·ver·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivepseu·do·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivequa·si-en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectiveun·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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eager, fervent, zealous, passionate, vehement, fervid, impassioned.
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Examples from the Web for unenthusiastic

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Historical Examples

  • The performance was in every sense unexciting; the audience meagre and unenthusiastic.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And with this unenthusiastic assent Frederik was forced to be satisfied.

  • In order to deserve that title he must be timid and unenthusiastic.

    The Gorilla Hunters

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • He was the same modest, anti-sensational, unenthusiastic being that he is now.

  • In the buzz and hum of its flywheel, Perry got a damp and unenthusiastic handshake.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for unenthusiastic

unenthusiastic

adjective
  1. lacking in enthusiasm

enthusiastic

adjective
  1. filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatical; keen
Derived Formsenthusiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unenthusiastic

adj.

1805, from un- (1) "not" + enthusiastic. Related: Unenthusiastically.

enthusiastic

adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to possession by a deity," from Greek enthousiastikos "inspired," from enthousiazein (see enthusiasm). Meaning "pertaining to irrational delusion in religion" is from 1690s. The main modern sense, in reference to feelings or persons, "intensely eager, rapturous," is from late 18c. Related: Enthusiastically.

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