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[en-thoo-zee-as-tik] /ɛnˌθu ziˈæs tɪk/
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 forms
enthusiastically, adverb
antienthusiastic, adjective
antienthusiastically, adverb
hyperenthusiastic, adjective
hyperenthusiastically, adverb
nonenthusiastic, adjective
nonenthusiastically, adverb
overenthusiastic, adjective
overenthusiastically, adverb
pseudoenthusiastic, adjective
pseudoenthusiastically, adverb
quasi-enthusiastic, adjective
quasi-enthusiastically, adverb
unenthusiastic, adjective
unenthusiastically, adverb
eager, fervent, zealous, passionate, vehement, fervid, impassioned. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unenthusiastically
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  • "I had four years of it at the beginning," said George unenthusiastically.

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  • Josip Pekic nodded, unenthusiastically, and his voice continued to quiver.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Mr. Langenau expressed his willingness so unenthusiastically, that I think Mrs. Hollenbeck was staggered.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris
  • The refined outline sketches proffered by him were unenthusiastically surveyed and languidly discarded like so many wall-papers.

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    Robert Grant
  • I said I would, obligingly but unenthusiastically, because I dont care much for Pendletons.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
  • “Maybe so,” Bess responded as unenthusiastically as she could, for she was afraid to let Nan even guess at her own excitement.

  • "It seems to me that you are doing all the saying, yourself," Mary V interrupted him unenthusiastically.


    B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for unenthusiastically


filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatical; keen
Derived Forms
enthusiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unenthusiastically



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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