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Origin of enthusiastic

From the Greek word enthousiastikós, dating back to 1595–1605. See enthusiast, -ic
Related formsen·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivean·ti·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivehy·per·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivenon·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectiveo·ver·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivepseu·do·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectivequa·si-en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·en·thu·si·as·tic, adjectiveun·en·thu·si·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of unenthusiastic

Historical Examples of unenthusiastic

  • The performance was in every sense unexciting; the audience meagre and unenthusiastic.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • And with this unenthusiastic assent Frederik was forced to be satisfied.

  • In order to deserve that title he must be timid and unenthusiastic.

    The Gorilla Hunters

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • He was the same modest, anti-sensational, unenthusiastic being that he is now.

  • In the buzz and hum of its flywheel, Perry got a damp and unenthusiastic handshake.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for unenthusiastic


  1. lacking in enthusiasm


  1. filled with or motivated by enthusiasm; fanatical; keen
Derived Formsenthusiastically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unenthusiastic

1805, from un- (1) "not" + enthusiastic. Related: Unenthusiastically.



c.1600, "pertaining to possession by a deity," from Greek enthousiastikos "inspired," from enthousiazein (see enthusiasm). Meaning "pertaining to irrational delusion in religion" is from 1690s. The main modern sense, in reference to feelings or persons, "intensely eager, rapturous," is from late 18c. Related: Enthusiastically.

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