Origin of zealous
Examples from the Web for zealous
Zealous populist patriots might pal around on principle, but banding together effectively is another matter.Elections Could Be the Beginning of the End for Europe|Tracy McNicoll, Nadette De Visser|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of them were brought up in the faith; some are zealous converts.
The prohibition on cannabis and medical research seems to be the result of the same type of zealous fear.
Zealous to whitewash herself Ekaterina in collusion with media loyal to the Kremlin attacked the lawyers.
The snub was labeled a disgrace by some in the industry, and sparked a backlash among its most zealous fans.‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Battles for a Best Picture Oscar Nomination|Kevin Fallon|December 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Our knowledge of mountains, thanks to the labours of a zealous army of workers, is now considerable.The Story of the Hills|H. N. Hutchinson
Mrs. King, who was religious and zealous, had found in him a convert.A Dozen Ways Of Love|Lily Dougall
In the French ambassador they had a dexterous, a zealous, and perhaps, not a disinterested intercessor.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
He smiled with zealous yearning at the q-b, and resumed his conversations.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
I was left alone, praising God that he had given me such clever parents, and so zealous for my welfare.Pablo de Segovia, the Spanish Sharper|Francisco de Quevedo
1520s, from Medieval Latin zelosus (source of Italian zeloso, Spanish celoso), from zelus (see zeal). Related: Zealously, zealousness.