- fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.
Origin of zeal
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Examples from the Web for zeal
He implored me to do so with the zeal of someone who had just found God, emphatically praising the article.War Is Hell and Such Good Fun
November 11, 2014
Even as the ranks of culture warriors on the right diminish, their zeal seems to intensify.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
One of those preachers admitted to The Daily Beast that he was taken aback by her zeal.The UK’s New Iron Lady in Kitten Heels
Nico Hines, Tom Sykes
October 4, 2014
With that kind of zeal, squeezing in extracurriculars is more essential than ever.Life’s Essentials: Serious Work, Serious Fun.
July 21, 2014
Portland will always support the Thorns with classic Cascadian zeal.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World
June 30, 2014
However, we have told her to moderate her zeal for our insulted authority.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Methinks this is an excess of zeal for a friend who was so late an enemy!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
It was my zeal for the king of Spain that brought me into that peril.Leila, Complete
We had seven of them, when my mother interfered and put a stop to my zeal.My Double Life
I will not deny that it is a pleasure to me to find you so full of zeal.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration
Word Origin and History for zeal
late 14c., from Late Latin zelus "zeal, emulation" (source of Old French zel, Italian zelo, Spanish celo), a Church word, from Greek zelos "zeal, ardor, jealousy," which is of uncertain origin.