enthusiasm

[en-thoo-zee-az-uhm]
noun
  1. absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: He shows marked enthusiasm for his studies.
  2. an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown: Hunting is his latest enthusiasm.
  3. any of various forms of extreme religious devotion, usually associated with intense emotionalism and a break with orthodoxy.

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
Related formsan·ti·en·thu·si·asm, nounhy·per·en·thu·si·asm, nouno·ver·en·thu·si·asm, nounpre·en·thu·si·asm, nounun·en·thu·si·asm, noun

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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for over-enthusiasm

enthusiasm

noun
  1. ardent and lively interest or eagerness
  2. an object of keen interest; passion
  3. archaic extravagant or unbalanced religious fervour
  4. 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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Word Origin and History for over-enthusiasm

enthusiasm

n.

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.

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