enthusiasm

[ en-thoo-zee-az-uhm ]
/ ɛnˈθu ziˌæz əm /

noun

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.

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Origin of enthusiasm

1570–80; < Late Latin enthūsiasmus < Greek enthousiasmós, equivalent to enthousí(a) possession by a god (énthous, variant of éntheos having a god within, equivalent to en- en-2 + -thous, -theos god-possessing + -ia -y3) + -asmos, variant, after vowel stems, of -ismos -ism

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Example sentences from the Web for over-enthusiasm

  • Write and deliver a five-minute speech ridiculing a speaker who uses bombast, pomposity and over-enthusiasm.

    The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • His administration of the German Embassy was faultless in its technique, but it did not err on the side of over-enthusiasm.

  • And some defeated themselves by a display of over-enthusiasm that manifestly veiled indifference, or perhaps downright dislike.

    Bunker Bean|Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for over-enthusiasm

enthusiasm
/ (ɪnˈθjuːzɪˌæzəm) /

noun

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 for enthusiasm

C17: from Late Latin enthūsiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be possessed by a god, from entheos inspired, from en- ² + theos god
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