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Examples from the Web for eagerness
As a result of all that eagerness, Risen argues, the U.S. was hustled by more than a few con artists.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies|William O’Connor|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The details of each candidate's health care platform will matter a lot less than the candidate's eagerness for the fight.How Obama is Setting the Stage for Hillary in 2016|David Frum|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She was a wonderful lady with an eagerness to help the poorest women of Paktika.‘We Killed Sushmita Banerjee’ Says Renegade Taliban Militia|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I explained that, as I saw it, it was her eagerness to be accepted that was putting the United Synagogue off.
Leading House Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan, have trumpeted their eagerness to force a budget sequester in March.
All disputed noisily in their eagerness to show their goods to the passengers.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
"While I suggested the movement and claim a place also," said Alec, with an eagerness foreign to him.The Great Airship.|F. S. Brereton
If her mother understood her eagerness, she did not betray it, but with Mr. Watkins it was different.For Gold or Soul?|Lurana W. Sheldon
Brutus himself received a wound in their eagerness and trepidation.Walks in Rome|Augustus J.C. Hare
Years slipped from him, and his youth surged up in all its warmth and eagerness.The Wall Between|Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for eagerness (1 of 2)
Word Origin for eager
British Dictionary definitions for eagerness (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for eagerness
late 13c., "strenuous, ardent, fierce, angry," from Old French aigre "sour, acid; harsh, bitter, rough; eager greedy; lively, active, forceful," from Latin acrem (nominative acer) "keen, sharp, pointed, piercing; acute, ardent, zealous" (see acrid).
Meaning "full of keen desire" (early 14c.) seems to be peculiar to English. The English word kept an alternative meaning of "pungent, sharp-edged" till 19c. (e.g. Shakespeare's "The bitter clamour of two eager tongues," in "Richard II"). Related: Eagerly; eagerness.