[zel-uh s]


full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.

Nearby words

  1. zeal,
  2. zealand,
  3. zealot,
  4. zealotry,
  5. zealots,
  6. zealously,
  7. zeami,
  8. zeatin,
  9. zebec,
  10. zebedee

Origin of zealous

From the Medieval Latin word zēlōsus, dating back to 1520–30. See zeal, -ous

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Examples from the Web for zealousness

  • In his zealousness Mr. Dolman might anger her husband, then his logic would avail little.

    Thoroughbreds|W. A. Fraser
  • With these two cold, stern men to nod approval at his zealousness, he went to greater lengths than he might otherwise have done.

    Joel: A Boy of Galilee|Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Into eyes and lips alike came something else—something touched with the zealousness of aspiration.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for zealousness



filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent
Derived Formszealously, adverbzealousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for zealousness



1520s, from Medieval Latin zelosus (source of Italian zeloso, Spanish celoso), from zelus (see zeal). Related: Zealously, zealousness.

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