[ zeel ]
/ zil /


fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

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Origin of zeal

1350–1400; Middle English zele < Late Latin zēlus < Greek zêlos

Related forms

zeal·less, adjectiveun·der·zeal, noun
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/ (ziːl) /


fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, political cause, ideal, or aspiration

Word Origin for zeal

C14: from Late Latin zēlus, from Greek zēlos
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