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.
- an·ti·en·thu·si·asm, noun
- hy·per·en·thu·si·asm, noun
- o·ver·en·thu·si·asm, noun
- pre·en·thu·si·asm, noun
- un·en·thu·si·asm, noun
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How to use enthusiasm in a sentence
Now Tinder will find out if audiences in the rest of the world, where its competes with a large roster of other dating apps, will respond to “Swipe Night” with the same level of enthusiasm.Tinder’s interactive video event ‘Swipe Night’ will launch in international markets this month | Catherine Shu | September 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
Hadiqa Bashir, on an attempted marriage when she was 11When we chat, Bashir’s voice is filled with a nonchalant and childish enthusiasm, and yet there is something omniscient about the way she speaks.The Teenager Breaking Up Child Marriages, Door to Door | Pallabi Munsi | September 2, 2020 | Ozy
Despite pleas to stay away, the president said his visit to Kenosha would “increase enthusiasm” in Wisconsin—a key battleground state ahead of November’s presidential election.
Sprokkreeff offered a company-wide mental health day at Webprofits this year, to much enthusiasm.
The upcoming four-for-one stock split, a move that has no effect on share price but often spurs investor enthusiasm, is one measure of Apple’s success under Cook.Apple CEO Tim Cook is fulfilling another Steve Jobs vision | Rachel Schallom | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
And similar shards of enthusiasm-killing kryptonite are lodged in John Kasich, Mike Pence and Ted Cruz.
Having finally seen Selma on November 17, I must report, sadly, that I do not share the enthusiasm the film has generated so far.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
With the exception of New Hampshire, Paul has not demonstrated potential enthusiasm in the early primary states.
Yet for all his enthusiasm for the American film industry, he remained forever an expatriate.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I so loved the fierce bodily contact of football that I suppose my enthusiasm made up somewhat for my lack of size.How His West Point Football Experience Inspired Eisenhower | Nicolaus Mills | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These practical demonstrations occurred usually in the opening enthusiasm of the term.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
In Manila particularly, amidst the pealing of bells and strains of music, unfeigned enthusiasm and joy were everywhere evident.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Nigel's enthusiasm seemed almost visibly to exhale from the paper as Isaacson held the letter in his hands.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
To attempt to cut out Mrs. Kaye I should need a little genuine enthusiasm; and frankly, your beloved prodigy does not inspire it.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for enthusiasm
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
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