- 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.
Origin of enthusiasm
Synonyms for enthusiasm
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Examples from the Web for over-enthusiasm
Historical Examples 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
His administration of the German Embassy was faultless in its technique, but it did not err on the side of over-enthusiasm.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I
Burton J. Hendrick
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
- 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
c.1600, from Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos "divine inspiration," from enthousiazein "be inspired or possessed by a god, be rapt, be in ecstasy," from entheos "divinely inspired, possessed by a god," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + theos "god" (see Thea). Acquired a derogatory sense of "excessive religious emotion" (1650s) under the Puritans; generalized sense of "fervor, zeal" (the main modern sense) is first recorded 1716.