full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent: He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.

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

Synonyms for enthusiastic

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Examples from the Web for unenthusiastically

Historical Examples of unenthusiastically

  • "I had four years of it at the beginning," said George unenthusiastically.

    Sonia Married

    Stephen McKenna

  • Josip Pekic nodded, unenthusiastically, and his voice continued to quiver.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Mr. Langenau expressed his willingness so unenthusiastically, that I think Mrs. Hollenbeck was staggered.

    Richard Vandermarck

    Miriam Coles Harris

  • The refined outline sketches proffered by him were unenthusiastically surveyed and languidly discarded like so many wall-papers.

    Unleavened Bread

    Robert Grant

  • I said I would, obligingly but unenthusiastically, because I dont care much for Pendletons.

    Daddy Long-Legs

    Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for unenthusiastically



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